NBA Power Rankings: Week 3

By Bryan Power - Covers Expert

Despite a perfect start by the Indiana Pacers, the Miami Heat hold on to the top spot in this week's Power Rankings. The Warriors and Timberwolves are big movers up the charts in Week 3.

NBA Power Rankings

Week 3 Rank Last Week Change Team W-L
Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 3-2
-14 Miami
I have to admit that it was tough keeping the Heat ahead of the 8-0 Pacers this week. But if the two teams played tomorrow, Miami is favored. Because they have LeBron James.
2 4 up 2 4-0
-13.5 Indiana
Larry Bird recently came out & said that when Danny Granger returns, he's like to seem him in the starting lineup over Lance Stephenson. This is why Larry will always be a better player than GM.
3 2 down 1 3-1
-13 San Antonio
Best record and best point differential in the Western Conference up to this point. Just pencil them in around here (as always) the rest of the season.
4 3 down 1 2-1
-12.75 Oklahoma City
Again, because of the (surprise) early return of Russell Westbrook, those who bet them Over 50.5 wins at the start of the season have to be smiling.
5 5 same 3-1
-12.25 L.A. Clippers
They lead the NBA in scoring at 109.9 PPG. They rank 27th in points allowed at 106.4 per game. This will be par for the course the remainder of the year.
6 10 up 4 3-1
-12 Golden State
I had some doubts, but not only are the Warriors a threat for homecourt in a 1st round playoff series, then can challenge the Clippers in the Pacific Division.
7 7 same 4-1
-11.75 Houston
The good news is that the Rockets are 5-0 against teams not currently residing in Los Angeles. The bad news is that they've played the Lakers & Clippers three times.
8 6 down 2 1-2
-10 Chicago
Proof that the NBA Preseason is just as worthless as it is in the NFL. Going into Tuesday's win over Cleveland, Derrick Rose has an assist to turnover ratio of 20:25 and was shooting just 32%. Perhaps I'm still giving the Bulls too much respect.
9 14 up 5 3-1
-9.75 Minnesota
This is honestly as high as I could go (for now), but did you see that pass from Kevin Love to Corey Brewer the other night? Incredible amount of first quarter scoring so far.
10 12 up 2 3-1
-9 Dallas
Dirk Nowitzki is experiencing some turnover issues, but there have been no issues with the team scoring at home (117.3 PPG entering Tuesday).
11 8 down 3 2-2
-8.5 Brooklyn
Very inconsistent bordering on mediocre to this point. Other than beating the Heat, their only other win came against winless Utah.
12 9 down 3 2-2
-8 Memphis
What happened to the defense? A better question might be "why did they fire Lionel Hollins, again?"
13 18 up 5 2-2
-6.5 Portland
I still have questions about their lack of depth, but they have won three straight. Granted that includes a home and home sweep of the Kings.
14 17 up 3 2-2
-6.4 Atlanta
Ah yes, "Stuck in the Middle With You," yet again Atlanta.
15 19 up 4 2-2
-6 Toronto
The Raptors are one of only six teams in the Eastern Conference to have a positive point differential, yet they still have a losing record.
16 13 down 3 2-2
-5.75 Detroit
Up one week and down the next. Where will the Pistons end up? Probably somewhere in between.
17 22 up 5 1-3
-5.6 New Orleans
Anthony Davis is having a really great start to the season, but you can't really say the same for any other Pelican. This team has lost to Phoenix twice.
18 11 down 7 1-3
-5.5 New York
I hated the roster at the start of the season. I hate it even more now that Tyson Chandler is injured. What a shameful showing that was at home Sunday!
19 16 down 3 2-2
-5.25 Cleveland
We continue with the "disappointing teams" portion of the program. The Cavs have one of the worst point differentials in the league (-6.1) and haven't really been blown out in any one game. Not a good sign.
20 20 same 0-3
-5 Washington
Tough loss Sunday at Oklahoma City thanks to some (sadly, typical) poor free throw shooting. Ironically, missed free throws cost Under bettors in that game too.
21 15 down 6 0-3
-4.9 Denver
This might be the biggest disappointment of them all so far. Again, this was a 57-win team last year! Is Bryan Shaw that much worse of a coach than George Karl? No wonder he couldn't get a job for so long!
22 23 up 1 1-2
-4.5 Milwaukee
Over the course of the first five games, 10 different Bucks players have been in the starting lineup. This is not because Coach Larry Drew has a lot of quality talent on hand.
23 25 up 2 0-4
-4.4 Boston
After starting 0-4 and looking putrid offensively, the Celtics have won four straight, including a victory over the Heat. Figure that out.
24 21 down 3 2-3
-4 L.A. Lakers
While they've beaten both the Clippers and Rockets, the Lakers have some of the worst losses this season as well. Only Utah has a worse point differential to this point.
25 29 up 4 3-1
-2.5 Phoenix
The Suns probably "deserve" to be ranked higher. But despite a 4-0 SU home record and +4.3 point differential, I'm not ready to buy in yet.
26 28 up 2 2-2
-2.3 Orlando
Our parade of "surprise teams" continues with the Magic, who are one of the six Eastern Conference teams with a positive point differential.
27 30 up 3 3-1
-2 Philadelphia
Honestly, who ever thought the Sixers would get even this high in the rankings? They are one-quarter of the way to their projected season win total.
28 24 down 4 1-3
-1.8 Sacramento
Here we have a team that ranks 27th or lower in points, rebounds and assists. That's pretty terrible.
29 27 down 2 2-2
-1.5 Charlotte
My mother always taught me that I have nothing nice to say......
30 26 down 4 0-4
-1 Utah
Words cannot describe how awful the offense has been. The Jazz have started 0-8, getting outscored by an average of 13.8 points per game.
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