NBA Power Rankings Week 6: Spurs dip, Thunder rise

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

Oklahoman Modified: December 2, 2013 at 11:11 am •  Published: December 2, 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 five weeks of games:

Running Weekly Archive: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

Power Rankings - Week 6
Rank Darnell Mayberry
Anthony Slater
1
Records
16-1
16-1
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Last Week: 1
League-best record and defense look nice. League-worst strength of schedule is another story.

Last Week: 1
A 16-1 start to the season that is as impressive as it sounds. But two December games against the Heat loom.
2
14-3
14-3

Last Week: 3
League-best eight road victories lends credence to them being legit. Test against Indiana this week will be telling.

Last Week: 3
Miami and Indiana may not lose a playoff game until they meet each other in the conference finals.
3
14-3
12-3

Last Week: 4
Their three losses have come against teams with a combined record of 18-36. They're bored.

Last Week: 5
A dominant 9-0 at home, but only 3-3 on the road. Five of next six are away from OKC.
4
12-3
14-3

Last Week: 5
After sweeping a six-game home stand, now we'll see if OKC can take its show on the road.

Last Week: 1
I doubt Pop and the Spurs are going to panic about a two-loss week.
5
12-6
14-3

Last Week: 6
J.J. Redick's injury will hurt. Clippers aren't as deep as they once were.

Last Week: 4
The Pacers and Thunder visit Portland early this week. Couple of intriguing tests.
6
13-5
12-6

Last Week: 7
Went 2-0 last week without Harden. Then knocked off the Spurs in San Antonio.
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Last Week: 6
The two-plus month injury to J.J. Redick is tough. He has been a perfect fit in L.A.
7
14-3
13-5

Last Week: 2
Relative rough week. Had 11-game streak snapped at OKC then their seven-game home streak snapped versus Houston.

Last Week: 8
Showed their guts and potential holding off the Spurs for a road win in San Antonio.
8
10-6
10-8

Last Week: 14
They've won nine of 11, including their last six. Four games in five nights this week, though.

Last Week: 7
Once he’s past half court, there’s not a bad shot for Steph Curry.
9
9-8
10-6

Last Week: 13
Goran Dragic had himself a week, averaging 22 points, 4.5 rebounds and 9.3 assists on 50.9 percent shooting.

Last Week: 17
They have won nine of 11, with the two losses coming in Oklahoma City and Houston. Impressive.
10
8-9
10-8

Last Week: 20
Winners of six of eight, but injuries becoming a concern.
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Last Week: 10
The Mavs are 8-2 at home, 2-6 on the road.
11
9-10
8-8
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Last Week: 11
Allowed 108.5 points on average in their four games last week.

Last Week: 9
Their 8-8 record would be tied for third-best in the East. Currently 11th in the West.
12
10-8
9-10
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Last Week: 12
Four hard fought games last week. Two ended in heartbreaking fashion.

Last Week: 11
Explosive, but still too inept defensively to be considered a legit threat in the West.
13
9-9
9-8

Last Week: 15
Kobe could return as early as Friday. Can't wait.

Last Week: 15
Other than Portland, probably the brightest surprise of the first month.
14
8-8
9-9

Last Week: 9
Loss at Brooklyn was without Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. Sounds worse than it was.

Last Week: 13
Great job by Kobe's teammates to keep the team afloat. Can they adjust with his ball-dominant style back in the lineup?
15
10-8
8-8

Last Week: 8
They still haven't figured out their defense, allowing 104.3 points per 100 possessions, worst among teams with winning records.

Last Week: 14
Just as he’s ascending to elite status, Anthony Davis has an injury setback: Fractured hand, out indefinitely.
16
9-9
9-9

Last Week: 12
Teague, Horford and Millsap appear to be plenty in the East to keep them floating around .500.

Last Week: 12
Jeff Teague (17.3 points, 8.1 assists) is underrated in a league full of great point guards.
17
8-8
7-8

Last Week: 16
Get well soon, Anthony Davis.

Last Week: 16
Might be time for the Bulls to think about unloading (tanking?).
18
7-12
8-9

Last Week: 24
Is Jared Sullinger (13.3 points, 7.4 rebouds) blossoming or just a solid player showcasing himself on a below average team?

Last Week: 22
John Wall averaging 26.7 points and 8.5 assists in their last four wins.
19
6-10
7-10

Last Week: 25
They're 1-5 on the road and about to embark on a six-game swing, the first five of which will come in eight days.

Last Week: 20
Still haven’t beaten anyone with a winning record.
20
8-10
8-10

Last Week: 17
Came within 80 seconds of securing a huge win at Miami last week.

Last Week: 18
Combined record of the teams they’ve beat: 37-97.
21
7-10
7-12
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Last Week: 21
Josh Smith is shooting a career low from the field largely because he's shooting a career-high five 3s per.

Last Week: 23
If Rajon Rondo returns relatively soon, this could be a playoff team in the weak East.
22
7-8
6-10

Last Week: 19
A six-point overtime loss at Utah summed up their existence without Derrick Rose.

Last Week: 19
Rudy Gay has banned stat sheets from their locker room. Of course he has.
23
6-10
6-10

Last Week: 18
Rudy Gay is averaging 19.7 points on 19.3 shots.

Last Week: 25
Nikola Vucevic (15 points, 11.1 rebounds) remains one of the best players you've likely never heard of.
24
6-12
5-12

Last Week: 22
They just yielded 70 first-half points to Detroit. That's hard to do.

Last Week: 26
Hey, at least they’re the best team in New York.
25
4-11
6-12

Last Week: 23
They're playing hard. They just can't close out games.

Last Week: 21
Their only two wins in the past 13 games have come in overtime.
26
5-12
5-12

Last Week: 28
Nine of their next 12 are at home. If they botch that, it'll really be time to blow it up.

Last Week: 28
Bad news: They’ve been terrible. Good news: They're still only two games out of a playoff spot.
27
5-12
4-11

Last Week: 26
With 20 and 10 in a win over Chicago, Andrew Bynum recorded his first double-double since April 15, 2012. Significant?
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Last Week: 21
Decent offense, but they can’t stop anyone.
28
3-15
3-13

Last Week: 30
Two wins last week boosted their projected win total from five to 14.

Last Week: 24
What a disaster.
29
3-13
3-13

Last Week: 27
Melo admitted they're tanking! OK, not really. But he did say the Knicks are "playing to lose."
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Last Week: 29
Bucks basketball is not a visually pleasing experience.
30
3-13
3-15

Last Week: 29
They snapped an 11-game losing streak over the weekend...and still had a worse week than Utah.
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Last Week: 30
Winners of two out of three. Break up the Jazz!!

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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