Dishing out first impressions on all 30 NBA teams after one week of action.
Drawing heavy conclusions from one week of games is like writing an album review off that surprisingly fire mixtape some guy handed you on the street. All based on your gut feeling, zero context, and no way to figure out where the production really came from. In addition to that, we’re working off an extremely small sample size. For example, Dion Waiters is currently in the top 10 in the league in on-court plus-minus rating. That's unlikely to hold.
And so no matter how alarming (hey, Rockets) or impressive (congrats, Pistons) some of these starts have been, it’s good to step back and let it all marinate. We’re pretty sure the Lakers are bad. We think the Pelicans are just super-injured. We're almost convinced the Knicks will be better than they were last season. Yeah, this album is super hot, but we’re still on the first minute of the first track.
Without further ado, here’s a fresh batch of NBA Power Rankings, balancing future outlook and current results while establishing a (highly) subjective order of all 30 teams.
(All statistics and records through Nov. 1)