NBA Power Rankings: Hot Teams Who Will Eventually Fall
We're roughly three-and-a-half weeks through the 2012-2013 NBA season and there are a handful of squads playing well above their potential.
The New York Knicks have gotten off to a blazing start and I actually view them as contenders come spring.
Here are three teams, however, that I believe will begin to fall as the season pushes on.
Golden State Warriors
At 8-6, the Warriors have been a nice surprise thus far in the season, but don't expect that to carry on.
Golden State is a mediocre scoring team at best and is seeing guys like Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes play too well to continue throughout an 82-game season. Also going against the Warriors is the fact they they play in the same division as the Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers.
Golden State rebounds the ball extremely well, but doesn't distribute it enough. This means that defenders will be able to key in on certain players and limit their production.
Steph Curry and David Lee are both studs, but they don't have enough pieces around them to remain in contention in the NBA Pacific.
Let's be serious here: Most college teams could have beaten the Charlotte Bobcats last season. Although they've made a bunch of significant changes, they're still destined to fall.
Kemba Walker has been a beast for the 7-5 Bobcats, averaging 18 PPG and six assists per game, but you can't expect a second-year man to carry a team that won a mere seven games last season.
Charlotte has also seen a big contribution from another rookie in Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. MKG is shooting the ball pretty well (47 percent), but that's not guaranteed to hold up for the remainder of the season.
The bottom line is that Charlotte will not keep this hot start going with just a rookie, sophomore and Ramon Sessions playing above potential.
All jokes aside, Philadelphia (7-6) has been playing exceptionally well for a team that ranks No. 27 in the NBA in terms of scoring (just over 91 points per contest).
The villain—otherwise known as Evan Turner to former Ohio State teammate Mark Titus—has been a solid contributor along with Jrue Holiday and Thaddeus Young, but the loss of Bynum will eventually hurt this team in a tough Atlantic division.
In a division where the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets appear to be front-runners to take the crown, the Sixers and their mediocre offense don't have what it takes to contend for a complete season.
NBA Power Rankings
1. San Antonio Spurs
2. Memphis Grizzlies
3. Miami Heat
4. New York Knicks
5. Oklahoma City Thunder
6. Los Angeles Clippers
7. Atlanta Hawks
8. Brooklyn Nets
9. Golden State Warriors
10. Dallas Mavericks
11. Denver Nuggets
12. Philadelphia 76ers
13. Milwaukee Bucks
14. Boston Celtics
15. Los Angeles Lakers
16. Charlotte Bobcats
17. Utah Jazz
18. Chicago Bulls
19. Portland Trail Blazers
20. Houston Rockets
21. Phoenix Suns
22. Indiana Pacers
23. Minnesota Timberwolves
24. Orlando Magic
25. Sacramento Kings
26. New Orleans Hornets
27. Cleveland Cavaliers
28. Toronto Raptors
29. Detroit Pistons
30. Washington Wizards
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