I'll tell ya, the fluidity with which teams have shuffled around the NBA through the first two-and-a-half weeks of the 2013-14 season hasn't made it easy for yours truly to put together his (and by his, I mean my) power rankings.
(Not that anyone should weep for me. After all, I get to write about basketball for a living. No complaints from me!)
That being said, it ain't easy to keep up with all of this craziness, as much fun as it may be to watch. Between the morass of mediocrity in the Eastern Conference and the plethora of potentially elite teams out west, there's no simple way of sorting out which squad belongs where within a hierarchy that—with no club having played more than 10 games as of Nov. 15—has yet to take shape.
All of which is to say, PLEASE DON'T COME AFTER ME LIKE A PACK OF SCREAMING BANSHEES IF YOU DISAGREE WITH MY RANKINGS! I'm a simple man with simple dreams who's simply trying to make sense of this not-so-simple swamp of uncertainty out of which The Association has yet to rise.
In any case, much has changed since last week's edition of these here power rankings hit the presses. Read on to find out how, exactly, things have shifted.