Week 3 NBA Power Rankings

Without further adieu, the power rankings after Week 3.  Click here for the methodology:

Rank Team W L Off Def Road SOS Rating
1 Celtics 8 3 103.066 (5) 91.795 (2) 1.591 1.494 (26) 14.356
2 Hawks 9 2 105.353 (3) 97.533 (14) 1.909 4.581 (10) 14.311
3 Blazers 8 4 100.281 (14) 92.745 (3) 2.042 3.416 (18) 12.994
4 Nuggets 7 3 102.934 (7) 97.435 (13) 2.45 4.232 (12) 12.181
5 Heat 7 2 100.25 (15) 91.617 (1) 0.778 2.297 (24) 11.708
6 Rockets 6 4 100.568 (12) 96.234 (11) 2.1 5.051 (6) 11.485
7 Mavericks 8 3 100.786 (11) 94.508 (9) 2.227 2.907 (19) 11.412
8 Lakers 7 3 97.774 (19) 94.437 (8) 1.05 5.837 (3) 10.224
9 Cavaliers 7 3 100.438 (13) 94.345 (7) 1.75 2.135 (25) 9.979
10 Thunder 5 5 94.995 (24) 93.356 (6) 1.75 5.027 (8) 8.416
11 Suns 9 2 106.164 (2) 103.209 (24) 2.227 2.454 (23) 7.636
12 Spurs 4 4 104.101 (4) 102.903 (22) 1.313 5.075 (5) 7.585
13 Pacers 4 3 97.699 (20) 96.435 (12) 1 5.047 (7) 7.311
14 Bucks 5 3 97.398 (22) 93.126 (5) 1.313 1.01 (29) 6.595
15 Kings 5 4 103.013 (6) 101.945 (21) 1.556 3.953 (15) 6.576
16 Raptors 5 5 108.138 (1) 107.2 (30) 2.1 3.515 (16) 6.554
17 Magic 8 3 101.556 (9) 97.542 (15) 1.591 0.787 (30) 6.391
18 Pistons 5 5 99.482 (16) 98.652 (17) 1.75 2.59 (21) 5.17
19 Bulls 5 4 90.969 (27) 92.872 (4) 1.556 5.418 (4) 5.071
20 Clippers 4 7 97.427 (21) 97.63 (16) 1.273 2.616 (20) 3.686
21 Jazz 4 6 100.961 (10) 104.285 (26) 2.1 4.909 (9) 3.685
22 Wizards 2 7 94.845 (25) 100.91 (19) 1.944 5.955 (1) 1.834
23 Hornets 3 8 98.446 (18) 106.174 (28) 2.227 5.908 (2) 0.407
24 Warriors 3 6 101.87 (8) 105.326 (27) 1.944 1.306 (28) -0.205
25 Sixers 4 6 98.733 (17) 102.964 (23) 1.75 1.399 (27) -1.082
26 Bobcats 3 7 87.227 (29) 94.881 (10) 1.75 4.344 (11) -1.56
27 Grizzlies 2 8 96.907 (23) 106.894 (29) 2.1 4.091 (13) -3.796
28 Knicks 1 9 94.187 (26) 103.367 (25) 1.05 3.488 (17) -4.642
29 Timberwolves 1 10 87.967 (28) 101.225 (20) 1.591 3.992 (14) -7.676
30 Nets 0 10 86.671 (30) 99.157 (18) 2.1 2.581 (22) -7.806

Some observations:

  • Considering that the Boston Celtics got off to a 27-3 start a year ago, and the Cavaliers went 66-16 last season, that there is not only no unbeaten team, but no 1-loss team at this juncture is a little amazing.  The Celtics dominated the first two weeks of the rankings with excellent defense, but have faded a bit – and their ranking gap has closed to a virtual tie with the Hawks, and that is with a significant gap in strength of schedule.
  • The Hawks have been excellent so far, most notably due to their 3rd ranked offense.  Their offensive deep dive stats reveal a team that shoots the ball well yes (5th overall), though an average 3 point shooting team – but where they separate themselves is their offensive rebounding (5th) and lack of turnovers (3rd).  Basically, they have been an excellent ball retention team – and their size all over the court impacts it – and so the solid shooting shines through.
  • The Raptors are almost the perfect mathematically … dead last in defense, tops in offense, and thusly near exactly in the middle overall.
  • The Rockets are ever the chic surprise team, and at #6 they continue to surprise.  But if someone would have told me that the Sacramento Kings would be in the top half of the leage at any point of the season – especially without Kevin Martin for a stretch – I’d have laughed.  It helps to have a competent NBA coach.
  • The Magic and the Spurs are not where they need to be defensively to be a true contender yet (15 and 22 respectively).
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