In this week’s power rankings things have been shaken up with new teams surging into the top spots. “It’s early.” This phrase can define week one of all 30 teams’ performances through two or three games played during week one of the NBA season.
Despite it being only two or three games, these games count just as much as they would down the stretch of the season, in this week’s power rankings things have been shaken up with new teams surging into the top spots.
1.) Utah Jazz, 3-0 (Last Week: 5)
The Jazz has consistently been good in the regular season in the past years and this year looks no different. Led by their tremendous defense they are holding opponents to under a point per possession through three games this season.
Depth is playing a role in Utah’s season early as the platoon of Rudy Gobert and Hassan Whiteside are dominating the glass and protecting the paint. Respectfully on the offensive end, Donovan Mitchell is leading the Jazz in scoring with 21.3 PPG through three games.
2.) Golden State Warriors, 3-0 (Last Week: Not on list)
The Warriors are undefeated through three games this season and it is thanks to the stellar play of Stephen Curry. Although in two out of the three games he shot the ball below his standards, he impacted the game on the boards and dished out assists. This season Curry is averaging 31 PPG, 9 RPG, and 7 AST.
While Curry has been stellar, other Warriors have also played big minutes too including Jordan Poole who has been taking on a larger scoring role. The Warriors are also playing without star shooting guard Klay Thompson, and sophomore James Wiseman.
3.) Denver Nuggets, 2-0 (Top 10 but Outside Top 5)
The reigning MVP has kept the Nuggets offense this season afloat as co-star Michael Porter has been relatively quiet and Jamal Murray is still out with injury. The Nuggets this season have excelled on the defensive end holding their opponents to under 100 PPG in both games played. Expect the MPJ to heat up, and defense to remain stellar.
4.) Milwaukee Bucks, 2-1 (Last Week: 2)
Despite a 42 point blowout, coming off a championship season losses happen. It’s still early this season, and Coach Bud is still testing rotations he believes will give the Bucks success. Despite the blowout, the Bucks took down title favorite Brooklyn Nets just nights before. Look ahead for Giannis to continue his strong play and Milwaukee to return to their winning ways.
5.) Brooklyn Nets, 1-2 (Last Week: 1)
Kevin Durant has been shouldering the load for an underperforming Brooklyn Nets team. Despite his stellar play, it hasn’t transitioned into wins for the Nets, who could have potentially been 0-3 without a late comeback vs Philadelphia.
James Harden must get back into MVP form for Brooklyn to be successful as Kyrie Irving will not be part of the team pending vaccination status. Once again it is early there is no need to go into panic mode, I would look ahead for James Harden to regain form and the Nets to start coming out on the winning end of games.