Power Rankings Week 10: Warriors skyrocket up, Thunder fall from top spots

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

Oklahoman Modified: January 6, 2014 at 11:58 am •  Published: January 6, 2014
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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 10 weeks of games:

Running Weekly Archive: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9

Power Rankings - Week 10
Rank Darnell Mayberry
Anthony Slater
1
Records
27-6
27-6

Last Week: 3
Yielded just 78.6 points in three wins last week. Now, about the level of competition they're seeing...

Last Week: 2
A dominant 16-1 at home. It’s such a struggle to score on them.
2
23-13
27-7

Last Week: 7
Hottest team in the league. They've won nine straight and most impressive is the 5-0 start to their current seven-game trip.

Last Week: 1
They’re 4-2 since Westbrook went down and he’ll likely be back sooner than originally projected.
3
27-7
26-8

Last Week: 1
Hard to ignore back-to-back home losses despite leading by 16 points in both.
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Last Week: 3
Dwyane Wade just played 35+ minutes on both nights of a back-to-back. First time he’s done that all year.
4
26-8
26-8
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Last Week: 4
Things you aren't likely to hear on ESPN: Kevin Durant surpassed LeBron James last week for the league's best PER.
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Last Week: 4
In December, OKC was 0-2 against Portland and 14-1 against everybody else.
5
26-8
26-8
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Last Week: 5
Home hiccup against the Knicks was a shock. But it was another indication that they're not what they once were at home.
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Last Week: 5
Lost to the Knicks at home on the same night the Thunder fell to the Nets and OU beat Bama. Then, apocalypse.
6
26-8
23-13

Last Week: 2
Roller coaster week for the Blazers was capped by a home loss to Philly.

Last Week: 7
Hottest team in basketball. Won nine in a row.
7
22-13
22-13

Last Week: 6
Light two-game week. Went 1-1, but James Harden averaged 37.5 points in those two games.

Last Week: 8
Two-game week included a home loss to the Kings and narrow home victory over the Knicks.
8
20-12
23-13

Last Week: 9
Hold a comfortable and shocking 4 1/2-game cushion in the playoff picture. If the postseason started today, they'd be the 7 seed.

Last Week: 6
The CP3 injury is more crippling than the Westbrook one. Clippers lack another playmaker.
9
23-13
20-12

Last Week: 8
Chris Paul. Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash. Russell Westbrook. Derrick Rose. Brook Lopez. Anthony Davis. Rajon Rondo. Al Horford. Enough already.
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Last Week: 9
Wasn’t sure they’d have 20 wins all season…They’re 20-12 in early January.
10
16-16
19-15

Last Week: 12
Had won five straight and seven of eight before a close road loss to Miami on Sunday.
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Last Week: 10
I smell an OKC-Dallas I-35 first round series.
11
15-17
18-16

Last Week: 15
Tyreke Evans is forcing his way into the Sixth Man of the Year conversation.

Last Week: 12
Kyle Korver’s amazing 3-point streak now over 100 games.
12
18-16
16-16

Last Week: 10
Losers of three of four with a tough row to hoe in January. East's third best team is set to see slippage.

Last Week: 15
Sixth best road record in the NBA. Beaten the Pacers and Thunder in the past couple weeks.
13
19-15
16-17
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Last Week: 13
Ended the week by going 0-for-2 at home after a 3-0 road trip. Tough team to figure out.

Last Week: 11
Seems like this team is destined for a 41-41 record.
14
16-17
15-17
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Last Week: 14
Kevin Love is calling out teammates yet choking at the line. He ought to be ashamed.
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Last Week: 14
Anthony Davis, superstar before his 21st birthday.
15
14-17
16-17

Last Week: 11
Climbed to .500 in early December and promptly lost four straight. Made it back to .500 in early January and immediately lost three straight.

Last Week: 16
Hit rock bottom early in week, then racked up 248 points in two dominant wins.
16
15-18
15-18
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Last Week: 16
Marc Gasol is getting close to returning. Can't wait to see how much of a difference he makes.

Last Week: 17
Gonna be a chore for this team to make the playoffs, even when Marc Gasol returns.
17
15-20
14-17
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Last Week: 17
We knew their five-game road trip would be telling. They went 1-4.

Last Week: 13
Looked like they’d figured it out. Then they drop three straight at home.
18
16-17
14-18

Last Week: 20
Losing streak reached eight games before getting right in last two.

Last Week: 21
Quietly won five of seven. Tom Thibodeau’s boys will always play some D.
19
12-21
14-20

Last Week: 28
Thaddeus Young's last seven: 26.4 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 3.0 steals and 55.8 percent shooting.
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Last Week: 19
Gave up 137 points to Denver on Sunday night. At home. In regulation.
20
12-21
15-20

Last Week: 27
They're undefeated this year.

Last Week: 18
Solid defense, bad offense, middling team.
21
14-20
14-20

Last Week: 18
They are who I thought they'd be.

Last Week: 20
They’re 13-9 against the East, 1-11 against the West.
22
14-18
12-21

Last Week: 24
Won five of seven and allowed just 86.8 points per game in those seven contests.

Last Week: 26
Won two in a row and, at 12-21, suddenly less than two games out of a playoff spot. Gotta love the East.
23
11-22
12-21

Last Week: 29
Went 2-1 on its Texas trip despite playing three games in four days.

Last Week: 29
Won their first three games of the season and their last four. In between, they’ve gone a combined 5-21.
24
11-25
10-22

Last Week: 26
Thank Trey Burke for igniting "Marshall Mania" after getting lit up last week by Lakers point guard Kendall Marshall.

Last Week: 24
Defense, very optional in Sacramento.
25
10-22
13-21

Last Week: 22
Rudy Gay went from shooting 39 percent in Toronto to 50 percent in Sacramento. Huh?

Last Week: 22
No need to rush Rajon Rondo back when winning is far down on the ‘to-do’ list.
26
13-21
11-22

Last Week: 19
Dropped seven of eight.

Last Week: 27
Lotta money for not a lotta wins.
27
14-20
11-25

Last Week: 21
They did it. They pulled the trifecta! Consecutive losses to the Jazz, Sixers and Bucks.

Last Week: 28
Utah is 7-6 since December 11th. Play the Thunder on Tuesday.
28
10-23
11-27

Last Week: 23
They're 3-12 on the road and have a five-game west coast trip coming up. Avert your eyes, Magic fans.

Last Week: 23
They are 2-10 in the last 12. Both wins came against teams lower than them on this list. Both came in overtime.
29
11-27
10-23

Last Week: 25
OK. They're tanking.

Last Week: 24
Come trade deadline, Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo give them two intriguing chips.
30
7-26
7-26
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Last Week: 30
The Thunder has one Saturday home game...and of course it's against the Bucks.
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Last Week: 30
Bucks basketball is not a visually pleasing experience.
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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