NBA Power Rankings: Highlighting Where Every Team Stands in Week 3

Alex KayCorrespondent INovember 14, 2013

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 5:  Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs and JaVale McGee #34 of the Denver Nuggets during the game on November 5, 2013 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)
Bart Young/Getty Images

We are in the midst of the third week of the 2013-14 NBA season, making this a perfect time to update the power rankings.

Whether you want to see how the league as a whole stands or where you favorite team is in comparison to the rest of the pack, look no further as I have you covered.

Keep reading for the latest NBA power rankings.

1. Indiana Pacers (8-0)

The Pacers are one of the best defensive teams we have seen in a while, jumping out to an early undefeated record by smothering opponents on that end of the floor. This club is allowing a mere 84.5 points per game and will be extremely tough to beat this year if it can keep that pace.

2. San Antonio Spurs (8-1)

The Spurs were supposed to regress after falling just short in the 2013 NBA Finals, with their aging stars limited and feeling the effects of Father Time. While they aren’t as spry as they were a few years ago, the key contributors for this team are playing great and the rest of the roster is stepping up as well.

3. Miami Heat (5-3)

The Heat may have taken some flak for dropping winnable contests against the Sixers and Celtics, but this team is fine and should be well positioned for a fourth-straight championship run at the end of the campaign. Don’t be surprised to see Miami rip off another big winning streak this year.

4. Los Angeles Clippers (6-3)

The Clips bested the Thunder to move up in the rankings this week, with Chris Paul bolstering his potential MVP campaign with another solid performance. If this team can improve defensively as the year goes on, it will be a prime candidate to emerge from the West.

5. Oklahoma City Thunder (5-2)

The Thunder feature a perfect mix of entrenched veteran stars and young-and-upcoming talent on the bench. Considering the early season successes this unit has had, it should be quite a formidable opponent come springtime.

6. Minnesota Timberwolves (6-3)

The T-Wolves defense is better than expected in 2013-14 and that is why they have been winning games at a great clip. This team possesses the interior presence and shooters to augment that “D,” making Minnesota a solid dark horse to watch this year.

7. Golden State Warriors (5-3)

Golden State’s starting unit is elite, but their bench is somewhat of a concern after losing Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry in free agency. Regardless, when the minutes tighten and the rotation is chopped down in the playoffs, the Dubs are going to be dangerous if they can stay healthy.

8. Chicago Bulls (3-3)

Chicago is starting to find a rhythm, although an injured hamstring may be of some concern to superstar point guard Derrick Rose. He’s still shaking off the rust from a missed 2012-13 season and the last thing he needs is a setback, however minor it may be.

9. Houston Rockets (5-4)

The Rockets are an electrifying team on offense, but their defense has to improve if they want to be considered a true Western Conference power. James Harden has the physical ability and athleticism to make the leap to an elite defender, it just remains to be seen if he has the desire.

10. Portland Trail Blazers (6-2)

The Blazers are succeeding in 2013-14 in spite of their poor bench. That issue plagued this club throughout last season’s campaign and eventually resulted in one of the poorest finishes in the league. It remains to be seen what this club has in mind in order turn that around and get some help off the pine.

11. Dallas Mavericks (5-3)

A healthy Dirk Nowitzki is a joy to watch, as the German forward is clearly in much better shape than he was last year. Monta Ellis has been a solid complement to the seven-footer, as his presence means this team can hang with anyone on offense. Unfortunately defense is still suspect at best and may be this squad’s downfall.

12. Phoenix Suns (5-3)

Phoenix is exceeding expectations in a big way, ripping off big win after big win as an underdog in most of the contests. The Suns youthful core will cost them some games, but this uptempo team should finish with a respectable record in 2013-14.

13. Memphis Grizzlies (3-5)

The Grizzlies have yet to win a road game this season and have an abysmal-looking offense at times. Those two things must change in order for this club to make the playoffs, let alone another Western Conference finals run.

14. New York Knicks (3-4)

The Knicks are wildly in need of some depth in the frontcourt, as they are getting abused inside and are second-to-last in the league in rebounding with an average of just 37.9 per contest. Perhaps trading Iman Shumpert for Kenneth Faried would go a long ways towards fixing these glaring issues.

15. Atlanta Hawks (4-4)

The Hawks are good enough to compete for a playoff spot but not great enough to scare any of the true contenders. This roster needs a true superstar in order to make the leap to the next level.

16. Philadelphia 76ers (5-4)

Philadelphia remains one of the most intriguing teams out of the gate, surprising everyone by remaining above .500 in the third week of the season. It is time to start accepting that this upstart squad may be for real.

17. Brooklyn Nets (2-5)

Speaking of living up to expectations, the Nets have not scratched the surface of their lofty preseason hype and look to be much worse than most projected. Things should turn around eventually, but this aging roster may need a midseason trade to inject some life.

18. New Orleans Pelicans (3-6)

Anthony Davis is a bona fide star, but the rest of his teammates must step up and augment his ability. Tyreke Evans has been—predictably—a poor acquisition at best and the remainder of the roster definitely needs some work. The Pelicans are a couple years from contention, but have a bright future.

19. Boston Celtics (4-5)

Boston started off the year as one of the league’s worst teams, but quickly bounced back with a winning streak that included a victory in Miami. However, a recent loss to the Bobcats may signal that this team is heading back down to the basement.

20. Denver Nuggets (3-4)

The Nuggets are starting to turn things around and look due to break out soon. However, no one should be expecting much more than a No. 7 or No. 8 seed for this team in a loaded Western Conference.

21. Toronto Raptors (4-5)

The Raptors are an up-and-down team that is devoid of a true star. Rudy Gay is trying to hard to be that guy, shooting too often and too inefficiently. Don’t be shocked if GM Masai Ujiri blows this roster up by the deadline and starts assembling a contender from the scraps.

22. Orlando Magic (4-5)

Orlando’s youth movement is right on track, as their acquired pieces and draft picks are developing nicely in the post-Dwight Howard era. A few more years and this team will be challenging the top contenders in the East.

23. Cleveland Cavaliers (3-6)

Cleveland has morphed into a solid defensive team, but the offense leaves much to be desired. Until Kyrie Irving and the rest of this roster can start draining buckets at an efficient rate, the Cavs are going to lose more games than they win.

24. Los Angeles Lakers (4-6)

The Lakers are doing their best to hold on until Kobe Bryant can get back on the court, hovering just around .500 right now. That isn’t a bad mark and the Black Mamba could guide this franchise to a playoff spot if he is 100 percent healthy upon his return.

25. Charlotte Bobcats (4-4)

The Bobcats are significantly better than they were last year, but still one of the league’s worst units. Charlotte isn’t going to contend for much besides a lottery pick in 2013-14.

26. Detroit Pistons (2-5)

Josh Smith is trying to do too much for the Pistons, jacking up threes like it is his job. Until head coach Maurice Cheeks reins him in and brings some stability to this lineup, Detroit is a non-factor in the East’s playoff race.

27. Washington Wizards (2-6)

The Wizards are struggling under the weight of preseason expectations and poor shooting. There is no way this team reaches its goal of making the postseason unless it can start getting better looks at the rim and converting field goal attempts into makes.

28. Milwaukee Bucks (2-5)

Nov 1, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders (8) shoots the ball against Boston Celtics center Vitor Faverani (38) during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports
Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

The Bucks were a solid defensive squad until Larry Sanders went down with a thumb injury. Now that the star defensive big man is out for a few weeks, it is hard to picture Milwaukee winning many games in that span.

29. Sacramento Kings (2-5)

The Kings just destroyed the Nets, but that isn’t much of an accomplishment anymore. DeMarcus Cousins is a legit star worth building a roster around, but there is still much work to do in constructing that lineup.

30. Utah Jazz (1-8)

The Jazz are clearly tanking for a top pick in this upcoming draft and hopefully that will finally allow them to right this ship. Trey Burke’s eventual return could help this unit a bit, but overall Utah is hopeless in 2013-14.


    Buying or Selling the Offseason's Hottest Takes 🔥

    NBA logo

    Buying or Selling the Offseason's Hottest Takes 🔥

    Zach Buckley
    via Bleacher Report

    Klay's Dad Says He'll Retire with Warriors

    NBA logo

    Klay's Dad Says He'll Retire with Warriors

    Timothy Rapp
    via Bleacher Report

    Stephen Jackson Recruits Kobe to BIG3

    NBA logo

    Stephen Jackson Recruits Kobe to BIG3

    Adam Wells
    via Bleacher Report

    Lauri's Fit on the New Look Bulls

    NBA logo

    Lauri's Fit on the New Look Bulls

    Sean Highkin
    via Bleacher Report