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NBA Power Rankings Week 3: Thunder rise, Pacers maintain top spot

Oklahoman Modified: November 11, 2013 at 4:34 pm •  Published: November 11, 2013
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Every Monday throughout the season, we will release our weekly NBA power rankings, slotting the league's teams 1-30. Here's our list after two weeks of games:

Running Weekly Archive: 1 | 2

Power Rankings - Week 3
Rank Darnell Mayberry
Anthony Slater
1
Records
7-0
7-0

Last Week: 2
Undefeated and sporting a league-best 9.6-point average margin of victory.
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Last Week: 1
Allowing 85.3 points per game. Fourteen teams (including OKC) are allowing more than 100.
2
6-1
6-1

Last Week: 6
This team is about to be on a roll. Their schedule doesn't stiffen up until early December.

Last Week: 7
The Spurs have won 50+ games in 14 straight years. Well on the way to fifteen.
3
5-2
5-1
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Last Week: 3
Kevin Martin is proving to be a great fit with the Wolves.

Last Week: 8
The early growth of their young talent has immediately raised this team’s ceiling.
4
5-1
5-2

Last Week: 11
Things still haven't been pretty, but the wins keep piling up.
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Last Week: 4
Kevin Love is averaging 26.9 points and 14.4 rebounds.
5
5-2
4-3

Last Week: 15
Their only two losses came by a combined 10 points at OKC and San Antonio. That's impressive.

Last Week: 3
Three losses by a combined six points. But two of them were to the Sixers and Celtics.
6
4-3
4-3

Last Week: 8
Hiccups at San Antonio (without Stephen Curry) and Memphis are nothing to be ashamed of.

Last Week: 5
Offense, explosive. Defense, optional
7
4-3
4-3

Last Week: 5
A game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer by Jeff Green is all that knocked the Heat out of the top five. But rickety defense is an early concern.

Last Week: 6
For NBA fans everywhere, let’s hope Steph Curry’s ankles hold up.
8
4-3
4-3

Last Week: 4
Their defense got exposed three times in one one week to L.A. teams, twice against the Clippers and once against the Lakers.

Last Week: 2
If James Harden guarded James Harden, The Beard might drop 60.
9
4-3
5-2

Last Week: 7
Speaking of shoddy defense.

Last Week: 27
Miles Plumlee and Markieff Morris = underrated.
10
4-2
4-2
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Last Week: 10
Still trying to figure out if this team is a true playoff contender.

Last Week: 12
Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge form a potent combination. And the bench is improved.
11
4-3
2-3

Last Week: 9
They might not be able to guard anyone all year, but their offense is fun to watch.

Last Week: 10
Derrick Rose is shooting 32 percent. That won’t last.
12
4-3
4-3

Last Week: 1
The feel-good story of Week 1 could be finished. They started Week 2 with two straight blowout losses and could soon be in for many more.

Last Week: 9
Michael Carter-Williams is trying to lock up Rookie of the Year before December.
13
3-4
4-3

Last Week: 12
Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan are both shooting below 39 percent. Kind of illustrates why they're both rumored to be on the trading block.

Last Week: 11
Dirk is healthy, Monta Ellis is playing great ball and this is a darkhorse playoff team.
14
3-4
3-3

Last Week: 13
They added a dominant home win over the Clippers to their growing resume.

Last Week: 16
The defense returned in a nice win over the Warriors on Saturday.
15
3-4
3-3

Last Week: 22
Two losses in one week to Phoenix don't look good. But a 15-point road win over Memphis shows their potential

Last Week: 25
Paul Millsap and Al Horford make up a scrappy and unheralded frontline.
16
3-3
3-3

Last Week: 20
Mike Miller is averaging 25.2 minutes, or 2.5 fewer than Thabo Sefolosha. Now you see why he chose Memphis over the Thunder.

Last Week: 28
The bottom of the Eastern Conference is terrible.
17
3-3
2-4

Last Week: 23
Paul Millsap has quietly been fantastic, averaging 20.2 points and 8.2 rebounds.

Last Week: 13
Taking some time to mesh, but they’ll still be a threat come playoff time.
18
3-3
3-4

Last Week: 26
After injuring his ankle in the preseason and aggravating it in the opener, Al Jefferson is set to return. He should give the Bobcats a boost.
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Last Week: 18
Anthony Davis is making the leap. His averages: 21.7 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.9 blocks.
19
3-4
2-3

Last Week: 29
Who still thinks the Thunder should have drafted Kelly Olynyk over Steven Adams?

Last Week: 14
Like the talent on this team. Expect them to make the playoffs.
20
3-5
3-5

Last Week: 16
After just six games, Steve Nash already has back issues flaring up. Not a good sign.

Last Week: 17
Steve Nash’s lingering injuries look career-threatening. Sad.
21
3-4
2-4
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Last Week: 21
Part of my belief in this team was because of Andrew Bynum. Shame on me.

Last Week: 19
Bradley Beal was magnificent on Sunday. John Wall needs to be better.
22
2-3
3-4

Last Week: 17
Derrick Rose is shooting 32 percent and has a PER or 5.3. That about sums up why the Bulls are struggling.

Last Week: 21
At 26, there are reports that Andrew Bynum is considering retirement. Knee issues stink.
23
2-3
2-4

Last Week: 14
Five of their first six have come at home, yet they have a losing record.

Last Week: 15
Tyson Chandler’s injury comes at a bad time. Already struggling, they have a rough schedule ahead.
24
2-4
3-4

Last Week: 18
Never mind their slow start. I still think this team can and will make noise.

Last Week: 20
Trio of nice wins over the Pelicans, Clippers and Nets.
25
2-4
3-4

Last Week: 19
As if the Knicks didn't have enough to deal with, the loss of Tyson Chandler for four to six weeks is now an insurmountable obstacle.

Last Week: 22
The big question: What can they get for Rudy Gay?
26
2-4
3-4

Last Week: 28
They've allowed at least 102 points in each of their first six games. But if they shore up their defense, look out.

Last Week: 29
Brad Stevens will win Coach of the Year at some point.
27
2-3
2-3

Last Week: 24
Never too early to start skimming the Bucks roster for players who might be trade bait.

Last Week: 24
Good news: Zaza Pachulia is no longer their leading scorer.
28
1-4
1-4

Last Week: 27
They've already lost two home games. That didn't happen last season until Jan. 3

Last Week: 26
From 57 wins to the lottery. Seeming more likely by the day.
29
1-5
1-5

Last Week: 25
DeMarcus Cousins is off to a terrific start...and nobody cares because the Kings can't stop losing.

Last Week: 23
The parts on this team just don’t fit.
30
0-7
0-7
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Last Week: 30
They are who we thought they were.
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Last Week: 30
Richard Jefferson is getting 25 minutes per game. And it’s not 2004.

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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