NBA Power Rankings: Who’s making an early statement?

Jeremy Kolok

Sports Blogger

@theozoneonline

 

5. Golden State Warriors

After completing the best regular season in NBA history last year at 73-9, the Warriors picked up their first loss quickly to this season. The Spurs came to town and annihilated the Warriors on opening night. Golden State won its next two games on the road to put the Warriors at 2-1. Golden State has a chance to move up in the power rankings with a big matchup against Oklahoma City on Thursday night.

 

4. Chicago Bulls

With maybe the least talked about move in the offseason, the Bulls snagged Dwyane Wade from Miami to join up with Jimmy Butler and the newly-acquired Rajon Rondo. Though it’s early, it would seem the trio is clicking as the Bulls start the season at 2-0 with wins over Boston and Indiana.

 

3. Oklahoma City Thunder

With the departure of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook is finally free to run this team however he sees fit. Westbrook has totaled 116 points, 37 rebounds and 35 assists to become the first player to hit 100 points, 30 rebounds and 30 assists in three games to start a season. He’s led Oklahoma City to a 3-0 start heading into two big tests this week against the Clippers and Warriors.

 

2. San Antonio Spurs

 

Life without Tim Duncan could not be going any smoother for the Spurs. San Antonio is the first team to reach 4-0 this season with one of those wins coming in a slaughter of the Golden State Warriors on opening night. Kawhi Leonard is playing at an MVP level, as his 35 points in the takedown of the Warriors was the best by a Spur on opening night since George Gervin in 1981. Also, the addition of Pau Gasol teaming up with Lamarcus Aldridge gives San Antonio the best front court in the league.

 

1. Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavaliers, led by LeBron James, are starting right where they left off last season. (Keith Allison, Flickr)
The Cavaliers, led by LeBron James, are starting right where they left off last season.
(Keith Allison, Flickr)

The defending champs seem to have not lost a step after their dominating comeback from a 3-1 deficit in last year’s NBA finals. The Cavaliers quieted the NBA’s newest self-proclaimed “superteam” on opening night in their 29-point rout of the New York Knicks. LeBron James’ 19 points, 14 assists and 11 boards helped him claim the NBA’s first triple-double on opening night in 10 years. Through three games, Kyrie Irving leads the team statistically, and if that trend continues, he’ll become the first teammate of LeBron ever to outscore him in a season. The Cavs are rolling.

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