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NBA Power Rankings Week 5: Thunder rise, New York teams plummet

Every Monday throughout the season, we will release our weekly NBA power rankings, slotting the league's teams 1-30.

Oklahoman Modified: November 25, 2013 at 1:12 pm •  Published: November 25, 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 four weeks of games:

Running Weekly Archive: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

Power Rankings - Week 5
Rank Darnell Mayberry
Anthony Slater
1
Records
12-1
12-1
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Last Week: 1
Their hot start quietly has been fueled by 11 of their first 13 coming against the crummy East.

Last Week: 2
Smashing teams by 11.5 points per game despite not having a top-25 scorer.
2
12-1
12-1
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Last Week: 2
Tim Duncan is shooting 32.7 percent in his last five, yet the Spurs won those by 15.8 points on average. Scary!

Last Week: 1
Roy Hibbert is averaging 4.3 blocks. Nobody has averaged more than four in over a decade.
3
12-2
10-3
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Last Week: 3
Last week, I questioned the strength of their schedule. They then knocked off Chicago and Golden State.
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Last Week: 3
Won nine of ten and it doesn’t even feel like they’re playing that great.
4
10-3
12-2
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Last Week: 4
I'm calling it now. Their next loss won't come until Dec. 10 at Indiana.

Last Week: 6
Ten straight wins for Portland coming by an average of 8.6 points per game.
5
9-3
9-3

Last Week: 7
Tough and potentially telling week ahead with Spurs, Warriors and Wolves.

Last Week: 7
How is Wednesday’s game against San Antonio not nationally televised?
6
10-5
10-5
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Last Week: 6
Chris Paul's record points/assists double-double streak ended at 13 Saturday. But he's still playing unbelievable ball.

Last Week: 5
Chris Paul has points-assists double-doubles in 14 of the Clippers’ first 15 games.
7
9-5
8-6

Last Week: 9
Blowing an 18-point, third quarter lead at Dallas was bad. But that game showcased Dwight Howard's offensive potential in Houston.

Last Week: 4
Steph Curry’s health will remain an ongoing concern.
8
9-5
9-5

Last Week: 11
All five of their losses are on the road. But four of those were against Houston, OKC, Minnesota and Miami.

Last Week: 10
A talented but flawed team.
9
7-6
7-6

Last Week: 14
Notched two quality road wins at the Clippers and Warriors then lost Marc Gasol to injury against San Antonio. Bittersweet week.

Last Week: 14
Can they stay above water in the West’s minefield while Marc Gasol sits with an MCL sprain?
10
8-6
9-5

Last Week: 12
They're the third and final East team with a winning record. Speaks volumes.

Last Week: 11
The Mavs are 7-0 at home, 2-5 on the road.
11
8-7
8-7

Last Week: 8
When your only win of the week comes at home against Brooklyn, you had a bad week.

Last Week: 9
Play at Indiana, Dallas and OKC this week. Those three are a combined 20-0 at home.
12
8-6
8-6

Last Week: 5
When your only win of the week comes against Utah, you had a horrible week.

Last Week: 12
The East’s third-best record would be a fringe playoff team in the West.
13
7-6
7-7
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Last Week: 13
So much for that back-to-back with Sacramento helping them lick their wounds. They dropped both.

Last Week: 17
Sounds like Kobe is days away from a return.
14
6-6
6-6

Last Week: 16
Winners of five of seven after a 1-4 start. Could they be turning it around?

Last Week: 18
Anthony Davis (20.7 points 11.0 rebounds, 4.0 blocks) is playing like an MVP candidate before his 21st birthday.
15
7-7
7-6

Last Week: 17
They've surprisingly held five of their past six opponents under 100 points.

Last Week: 16
Competitive in every game. Haven’t lost by more than seven points this season.
16
6-6
6-6

Last Week: 18
Anthony Davis quietly has inched past LeBron James for the league's highest Player Efficiency Rating at 29.96.

Last Week: 8
Derrick Rose’s latest injury whittles the East down to two contenders.
17
7-7
6-6

Last Week: 15
Josh McRoberts leads their team in assists. Seriously, he does.

Last Week: 16
A 6-6 team that seems destined for 41-41.
18
6-7
7-7

Last Week: 21
Rudy Gay is now shooting a higher percentage from 3-point range than the field.

Last Week: 15
A 7-7 team that seems destined for 24-58.
19
6-6
6-7

Last Week: 10
With the injury to Derrick Rose, it appears to now be a two-team race out East.

Last Week: 24
Their six wins have come against teams with a combined record of 26-57.
20
5-8
5-8

Last Week: 27
John Wall's last five: 21.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 9.2 apg. Here he comes.

Last Week: 22
At 5-8, they’re currently the eighth seed in the East. Yep, the conference is that bad.
21
5-8
6-9

Last Week: 24
It appears Josh Smith and Mo Cheeks already are butting heads.

Last Week: 19
Michael Carter-Williams (11th pick) looks like the gem of last year’s draft.
22
6-9
5-8

Last Week: 20
Could Michael Carter-Williams already be running away in the Rookie of the Year race?

Last Week: 27
John Wall with 68 points on 64 percent shooting the past two games.
23
4-9
5-10

Last Week: 29
Isaiah Thomas is having an incredible season.

Last Week: 26
Five of their last six losses have come by 11 or more points.
24
5-10
3-9

Last Week: 22
Without Rajon Rondo, the Cs have plummeted to last in the league in assists.

Last Week: 20
The Knicks are 1-6 in Madison Square Garden. What a mess.
25
4-9
4-9

Last Week: 19
Arron Afflalo is making himself look real attractive as a trade target.
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Last Week: 25
Victor Oladipo with 22 turnovers the past four games. Long-term, he's a two-guard.
26
4-10
3-10

Last Week: 23
One of many Eastern Conference disappointments.

Last Week: 21
Does Jason Kidd last through the season?
27
3-9
4-9

Last Week: 26
Losing six straight at home is as good a sign as any that you're going nowhere fast.

Last Week: 21
DeMarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas are a strangely entertaining combo.
28
3-10
4-10

Last Week: 25
They're not just losing. They're getting blown out.

Last Week: 29
Tough to attract LeBron from Miami when it doesn't seem like anyone in the organization likes each other.
29
2-10
2-10

Last Week: 29
A 24-point home loss to the Bobcats is about as bad as it gets.
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Last Week: 29
Bucks basketball is not a visually pleasing experience.
30
1-14
1-14
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Last Week: 30
They're losing by a league-worst 11.8 points per game.
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Last Week: 30
They went 13-of-29 from the free throw line (!!!) on Sunday.
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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