The Warriors, Cavs and Spurs remained in the top 3 as the rest of the league suffered through an injury-filled week.
It took a players-only meeting, a locker-room visit from Drake and several profanity-laced tirades, but this week’s NBA Power Rankings have arrived.
Our top three hasn’t changed: the Warriors, Cavs and Spurs are the league’s only teams with top-10 offenses and defenses and are in a class by themselves thus far (although you could argue Golden State remains a cut above everyone). Watching the Warriors roll over the league is how Shia LaBeouf must feel screening three days' worth of his movies: the script is just too familiar. One new wrinkle: they're five straight wins away from the best start to a season in history.
With the rest of the league largely clustered together in terms of wins and losses, the top 10 overall is admittedly tougher to place. Utah debuts in the top 10, displacing the confounding Rockets, and Indiana sits on the precipice after making this week’s biggest climb behind an MVP–caliber Paul George.
Bottom line? Three weeks in, there appear to be fewer downright awful teams, making this task infinitely more entertaining and also much more difficult. Let’s take a look at a still-very-fluid pecking order.
(All stats and records through Nov. 15)
NBA POWER RANKINGS: WEEK 3