NBA Power Rankings: There's a new No. 1

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NBA Power Rankings: There's a new No. 1
NBA Power Rankings: There's a new No. 1
Houston
Houston

1. Houston Rockets (Record: 9-1; last week’s rank: 3): The Rockets get a slight nod for the top spot over Memphis because they are actually undefeated when Dwight Howard plays.



Memphis
Memphis

2. Memphis Grizzlies (Record: 9-1; last week’s rank: 2): The Grizzlies host the Rockets on Monday in a big early-season showdown.



Golden State
Golden State

3. Golden State Warriors (Record: 8-2; last week’s rank: 1): After having assist-to-turnover woes, Stephen Curry has averaged 24.5 points, 12 assists and two turnovers the past two games.



Toronto
Toronto

4. Toronto Raptors (Record: 8-2; last week’s rank: 4): Is Toronto becoming a hoops town? While the Maple Leafs were losing 6-2 at Buffalo, Canadian fans there chanted, “Let's go Raptors!”



Washington
Washington

5. Washington Wizards (Record: 7-2; last week’s rank: 8): Wizards guard Bradley Beal is slated to practice Monday, six weeks after fracturing his left wrist. A return vs. the Cavs on Friday?



Chicago
Chicago

6. Chicago Bulls (Record: 7-3; last week’s rank: 6): Lost in all the Derrick Rose drama is an All-Star-caliber start from newcomer Pau Gasol, who is averaging 18 points and 10.6 rebounds.



Portland
Portland

7. Portland Trail Blazers (Record: 7-3; last week’s rank: 12): Portland expects power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (upper respiratory illness) to face the Pelicans’ Anthony Davis on Monday.



Dallas
Dallas

8. Dallas Mavericks (Record: 7-3; last week’s rank: 13): First-year Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons, who has been critical of the Rockets, returns to Houston on Saturday to face the Rockets for the first time.



Sacramento
Sacramento

9. Sacramento Kings (Record: 6-4; last week’s rank: 14): Rudy Gay was more interested in re-signing now than at the end of last season. Winning, money and love by the Kings helped.



San Antonio
San Antonio

10. San Antonio Spurs (Record: 5-4; last week’s rank: 9): The reigning champions face LeBron James Wednesday in Cleveland for the first time since the NBA Finals.



Los Angeles
Los Angeles

11. Los Angeles Clippers (Record: 5-3; last week’s rank: 5) DeAndre Jordan has averaged 15.5 rebounds and six blocks the past two games and leads the NBA in rebounding.



Cleveland
Cleveland

12. Cleveland Cavaliers (Record: 5-3; last week’s rank: 10): The rivalry between the Wizards and Cavaliers, who have talked trash about backcourts recently, could regain steam Friday.



New Orleans
New Orleans

13. New Orleans Pelicans (Record: 5-3; last week’s rank: 16) New Orleans is two games over .500 for the first time since the franchise started 2-0 in 2011-12.



Miami
Miami

14. Miami Heat (Record: 5-5; last week’s rank: 7): Forward Chris Bosh missed 15 of 17 shots against the Bucks on Sunday and has missed 37 of 49 in his past three contests.



Phoenix
Phoenix

15. Phoenix Suns (Record: 5-5; last week’s rank: 15): Phoenix is in the early stages of a six-game, 10-day road trip – its longest of the season – that covers nearly 7,000 miles.



Atlanta
Atlanta

16. Atlanta Hawks (Record: 5-4; last week’s rank: 20): Guard John Jenkins scored 12 points in a loss to the Cavs on Saturday in his first game since having back surgery in February.



Brooklyn
Brooklyn

17. Brooklyn Nets (Record: 4-5; last week’s rank: 11): New coach Lionel Hollins is preaching to his players that the key to winning is team play and not worrying about personal statistics.



Milwaukee
Milwaukee

18. Milwaukee Bucks (Record: 5-5; last week’s rank: 19): The Bucks earned their fifth win of the season at Miami on Sunday. They needed 26 games to get to five victories last season.



Utah
Utah

19. Utah Jazz (Record: 4-7; last week’s rank: 17): Sunday marked the 10-year anniversary of Utah retiring the No. 12 jersey of John Stockton, the NBA’s all-time assists leader.



Charlotte
Charlotte

20. Charlotte Hornets (Record: 4-6; last week’s rank: 21): Noah Vonleh, the ninth pick in this year’s draft, was scoreless Saturday in nearly six minutes in his NBA debut at Golden State.



Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City

21. Oklahoma City Thunder (Record: 3-8; last week’s rank: 22): Reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant shot jumpers before the Rockets game Sunday, one month after breaking his right foot.



Indiana
Indiana

22. Indiana Pacers (Record: 4-7; last week’s rank: 29): So who is the injury-ravaged Pacers’ leading scorer? Forward Chris Copeland, averaging a career-high 14.2 points per game.



Orlando
Orlando

23. Orlando Magic (Record: 4-7; last week’s rank: 26): Rookie forward Aaron Gordon, who fractured his left foot, is expected to see a foot specialist in Charlotte, N.C., this week for a full examination.



Detroit
Detroit

24. Detroit Pistons (Record: 3-7; last week’s rank: 24): First-year coach Stan Van Gundy, who coached the Magic from 2007-12, faces his old team Monday.



Boston
Boston

25. Boston Celtics (Record: 3-5; last week’s rank: 18): Kelly Olynyk is currently first among all second-year NBA players in points per game at 14.4 and third in rebounding at 6.5.



New York
New York

26. New York Knicks (Record: 3-8; last week’s rank: 25): The Knicks went two weeks without a win before snapping their seven-game losing streak Sunday against the Nuggets.



Denver
Denver

27. Denver Nuggets (Record: 2-7; last week’s rank: 28): One of ex-Nuggets coach George Karl’s old assistants said Karl still wants to coach and is paying close attention to Denver’s struggles.



Minnesota
Minnesota

28. Minnesota Timberwolves (Record: 2-7; last week’s rank: 23): The Timberwolves’ company line regarding Kevin Garnett saying he wants to buy the team: It is not for sale.



Los Angeles
Los Angeles

29. Los Angeles Lakers (Record: 1-9; last week’s rank: 27): Klay Thompson would’ve entered the draft a year earlier if the Lakers had agreed to take him in the first round, a source said. The Lakers declined.



Philadelphia
Philadelphia

30. Philadelphia 76ers (Record: 0-9; last week’s rank: 30): So when will these hapless Sixers get their first win? Forget about San Antonio on Monday, but rebuilding Boston is next up on Wednesday.

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