After months of waiting, we’re finally seeing some meaningful NBA basketball being played. Thanks to this, we’ve gotten a chance to see who’s truly the best team at this point in the season. Now keep in mind that our power rankings don’t reflect how we think the playoffs will conclude, but rather who’s number one right now. This being said, here’s a look at the top 10 NBA teams.
1. San Antonio Spurs (7-1) – The Spurs had just about as many questions to answer as anybody else to start the 2012-2013 NBA season. And they’ve definitely answered these questions and then some after beating several top clubs and compiling a 7-1 record. Their lone loss was a road game to the upstart Clippers.
2. New York Knicks (5-0) – With Amare Stoudemire currently injured, the Knicks weren’t expected to have the greatest start. However, Carmelo Anthony is having an MVP-type season thus far, and J.R. Smith is shooting the lights out at a 72.2% clip from 3-point range. We doubt Smith keeps up this torrid pace, but you can’t deny that New York is playing excellent right now.
3. Miami Heat (6-3) – We still aren’t ready to be pushed off our preseason prediction of the Heat winning it all. However, they haven’t beaten any top tier teams yet and have lost games against other contenders such as the Knicks, Clippers and Grizzlies. It is worth mentioning that these were all road games though.
4. L.A. Clippers (6-2) – Jamal Crawford has come back down to earth after an extremely good start. However, the Clippers as a whole are still playing out of this world with wins over the Heat, Grizzlies, Hawks and Spurs. The only reason we don’t have them ranked higher is because of home losses to Cleveland and Golden State.
5. Memphis Grizzlies (6-1) – While we expected the Grizzlies to be good this year, we didn’t anticipate them bolting out to a 6-1 record. A big reason for the hot start is the improved play of PG Mike Conley Jr., who’s averaging 13.9 PPG and 6.9 APG. If he can maintain this, Memphis is a serious contender in the West.
6. Oklahoma City Thunder (6-3) – Following a slow start and the trade of James Harden, the Thunder seem to be back on the right track. So far Kevin Martin has come close to matching Harden’s offensive production at shooting guard; however, the defense can’t be replaced in this situation.
7. L.A. Lakers (3-5) – The only team in our top 10 with a losing record is the Lakers. They’ve easily taken the cake for most disappointing start this year, and coach Mike Brown paid the ultimate price after losing his job. Now we get to see what Mike D’Antoni can do with a lineup that includes Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard and Metta World Peace……but very little else.
8. Milwaukee Bucks (5-2) – We knew that the Bucks would have a great backcourt this year with Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis. And they haven’t let anyone down either since Ellis is averaging 20 PPG while Jennings is dishing out 7.9 APG.
9. Chicago Bulls (5-3) – The Bulls make their first appearance in our top 10 after hanging tough without PG Derrick Rose. Luol Deng has stepped up his production (19.1 PPG) in the absence of Rose while Joakim Noah has also been solid with 16 PPG and 9.8 RPG.
10. Brooklyn Nets (5-2) – A new look and arena for the Nets seem to be paying off since they’re one of the East’s top squads. With Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and the newly-added Joe Johnson, Brooklyn has three solid scoring threats now.