This past week the NBA saw order (partially) restored and opportunities (unfortunately) missed, and the top few spots in the latest power rankings shuffled around accordingly.
Most of the usual suspects still occupy the first 10 positions, but nearly all of them have shifted after a week that saw Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder reaffirm some of their previous dominance and the Cleveland Cavaliers suffer a truly shocking defeat.
Elsewhere, the Dallas Mavericks' skid continued, and the Charlotte Hornets just kept shooting—with much better results.
As always, these rankings are designed as a snapshot of the league. The goal is to organize all 30 squads into an order that reflects their strength right this minute. Overall performance matters, but recent play is a major factor as well. We'll look ahead where relevant, but these rankings are about the present.
We only have one month left for these things to stabilize. Very little of what we've seen so far suggests that'll ever happen—which...great!
Let us rank.