Here's a weekly roundup of power rankings from around the NBA internets to see who different rankers have on top, at the bottom, and who's moving up and down. We're partial to Seth Rosenthal's SB Nation NBA Power Rankings, but we also look at Marc Stein's at ESPN, John Schuhmann's at NBA.com, USA Today's, and Kurt Helin's at Pro Basketball Talk.
Who's the best: San Antonio Spurs
It would be tough to argue for any team besides the San Antonio Spurs as deserving a spot on top of all power rankings. Tim Duncan's been sitting with a sore knee, but Tony Parker is playing inspired basketball. Next up on the schedule for San Antonio are Charlotte and Washington, both at home, where the Spur have been 20-2 on the year, so they'll probably be here again next week with a 10-game winning streak.
The Clippers and Thunder were on top in rankings last week, but Los Angeles lost four of five games with Chris Paul out last week, including a game they weren't particularly close in against the Thunder, and Oklahoma City's lost three of five, including one to the struggling Lakers.
Who's the worst: Most popular: Orlando Magic
Others: Charlotte Bobcats (SB Nation, USA Today)
The Magic started out 12-12. They've gone 2-18 since, and now sit at 14-30, having lost six in a row. The Bobcats are still cellar-dwellers, but they actually eked out a win last week against the Minnesota Timberwolves thanks to a Gerald Henderson game-winning three. Congratulations to the Washington Wizards for receiving no votes in this category for probably the first time all year.
Who's rising: Most popular: Chicago Bulls
The Bulls won four of five even though they had to play a few games without Luol Deng, as role players like Jimmy Butler, Kirk Hinrich, Nate Robinson, and Marco Bellinelli have been stringing together nice games. Oh, and Derrick Rose might be coming back soon.
The Lakers have won two in a row - IT'S A NEW SEASON! - Kyrie Irving put up 30 in three straight wins, including a dagger of a game-winning three, and the Wizards are just rising because they were the worst team in the league all year and now they can win a game or two.
Who's falling: Most popular: Minnesota Timberwolves
Poor Minnesota: even in a season that's been defined by everybody being hurt, everybody is currently hurt: Kevin Love, Alexey Shved, Nikola Pekovic, in addition to Brandon Roy and Chase Budinger, who have been out all year. That's how you end up with Greg Stiemsma starting at center and Mickael Gelabale and Chris Johnson playing big minutes after being out of the NBA. They've lost nine of 10.