A look at the way-too-early Hoops Wire NBA Power Rankings.
2. Bucks: Defending champs have two impressive wins and won bad loss (to the Nets). We’ll count their wins as more meaningful.
3. Jazz: Finished with the West’s best record last year and Donovan Mitchell and company look to have a shot to do it again.
4. Hornets: Hey, you can’t argue with three wins in three games, not to mention the continued rise of LaMelo Ball.
6. Grizzlies: Ja Morant just dropped 40 on the Lakers in a narrow road loss. So this team has a young star and should only improve.
9. Timberwolves: Two wins in two tries. That’s clearly all it takes to be included in the top 10.
10. Knicks: Julius Randle and coach Tom Thibodeau are keeping them legit.
11. Wizards: All the new faces are giving them the look of a playoff dark horse. Who knew?
12. Lakers: Felling fortunate they’re not 0-3, but you have to assume they’ll get things turned around.
14. Heat: You just now they’ll be a factor in the East in the end. The start hardly matters.
15. Trail Blazers: Their manhandling of the Suns was impressive, and you have to think maybe they’re making strides under new coach Chauncey Billups.
16. Suns: The defending Western Conference champions should rise back into the top five once the schedule softens (and it’s about to).
17. Hawks: Losing to the Cavs knocked them down a few notches, but that can happen to a still young team on the road.
20. Pacers: Plenty to like about this lineup and new coach Rick Carlisle. Now all they need to do is consistently hold leads.