Two weeks in, and the Indiana Pacers are the NBA's last unbeaten team. The Eastern Conference is a bit of a mess behind the Pacers, with every other team having at least three losses. Over in the Western Conference, the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder jumped near the top of the rankings following excellent weeks.
1. Indiana Pacers (7-0, Last week: 2)
The Pacers are brimming with confidence following a week that saw them grab four wins in five nights and run out to their best start in franchise history. Paul George put the Chicago Bulls on notice after a big win on national television, while Roy Hibbert has already started to campaign for the Defensive Player of the Year Award:
DPoY. Goodnight!— Roy Hibbert (@Hoya2aPacer) November 7, 2013
2. San Antonio Spurs (6-1, Last week: 7)
The Spurs also enjoyed a perfect 4-0 week, capping things off with a 120-89 drubbing of the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. San Antonio has been been excellent defensively, ranking second overall in points allowed per game and third in defensive efficiency.
3. Oklahoma City Thunder (5-1, Last week: 9)
With Russell Westbrook back, the Thunder are back to their winning ways. Westbrook has been up-and-down, but his explosiveness is clearly back and as good as ever:
4. Miami Heat (4-3, Last week: 5)
The Heat were 0.6 seconds away from a perfect week, but Jeff Green spoiled that with a miraculous corner three over LeBron James on Saturday night. The three was set up by this Dwyane Wade brain fart at the free throw line:
5. Minnesota Timberwolves (5-2, Last week: 4)
Kevin Love continues to put up MVP numbers, boasting averages of 26.9 points, 14.4 rebounds and 4.7 assists through seven games. Love also is the absolute best at throwing outlet passes:
6. Los Angeles Clippers (4-3, Last week: 6)
Apparently the Clippers are the best team in the league when they play the Houston Rockets. Los Angeles started and ended the week with wins over Houston by double digits, but had two losses sandwiched in between. Chris Paul has recorded double-digit assists in every game this season.
7. Golden State Warriors (4-3, Last week: 8)
The Warriors' week started with a bang and ended with a whimper. Following two dominant victories, including a 13-point win on the road over Minnesota, Golden State managed just 74 points in a loss to San Antonio and lost to the Memphis Grizzlies by 18. Stephen Curry's ankles are something to worry about again after he missed the Spurs game.
8. Houston Rockets (4-3, Last week: 3)
The Rockets took a step back this past week with three losses, including an ugly defeat at home at the hand of the Los Angeles Lakers. Hack-a-Dwight spelled helped spell doom for the Rockets against the Lakers, as did some spectacularly bad perimeter defense. I mean, what is this, James Harden?:
9. Phoenix Suns (5-2, Last week: 17)
The Suns were allegedly one of the tankers heading into this season, but Eric Bledsoe is having absolutely none of that. Bledsoe also had none of this Anthony Davis shot on Sunday:
10. Portland Trail Blazers (4-2, Last week: 14)
A good way to get well is to play the Sacramento Kings twice in a row. The Blazers swept a home-and-home against the Kings, winning both games by double digits. And even more good news, LaMarcus Aldridge is happy!
11. Dallas Mavericks (4-3, Last week: 15)
The Mavericks score a lot of points. They also give up a lot of points. I'm not sure exactly how good Dallas is, but it looks like they're going to be a lot of fun.
12. Memphis Grizzlies (3-3, Last week: 12)
The Grizzlies have been a roller coaster thus far, not winning or losing more than a game in a row. Memphis was mighty impressive in their last outing, destroying Golden State behind a double-double from Zach Randolph.
13. Chicago Bulls (2-3, Last week: 10)
The Utah Jazz proved to be the perfect remedy for a struggling Bulls team on Friday night. Derrick Rose is still looking for that breakout game, as he hasn't scored more than 18 points in a game this year.
14. Philadelphia 76ers (4-3, Last week: 1)
The Sixers came crashing back down to earth after their 3-0 start, although they nearly knocked off the Cleveland Cavaliers twice in a row. The defense has been bad, but Evan Turner continues to play like a man possessed, averaging 23.4 points so far in the young season.
15. Atlanta Hawks (3-3, Last week: 18)
Paul Millsap is proving what a bargain he was this offseason, averaging 20.2 points on 57.3 percent shooting. Kyle Korver is still torching the nets from long range, as he's hitting 58.6 on three-pointers. Now about that defense...
16. Detroit Pistons (2-3, Last week: 13)
The Pistons faced two of the best teams in the league in the Pacers and Thunder last week, and things didn't go so well. On the Josh Smith Three-Point Watch, Smoove is still taking seven bombs per game while making 28.6 percent of them. Comical.
17. Orlando Magic (3-4, Last week: 19)
The Magic were riding high after Nikola Vucevic's 30-point, 21-rebound effort led them to a shocking victory over the Clippers. But since then, Orlando has lost twice, including a tough loss to the Boston Celtics. However, the Magic do still have the third-best point differential in the East.
18. New Orleans Pelicans (3-4, Last week: 22)
The Pelicans couldn't solve the puzzle that's the Suns, losing twice to them last week but also dominating the Grizzlies on the road. Tyreke Evans is still struggling to figure out his role, and he played just seven minutes in the second loss to Phoenix.
19. Washington Wizards (2-4, Last week: 27)
The Wizards turned things around a bit after a train wreck of a first week, narrowly missing a perfect 3-0 week after blowing a late double-digit lead against the Thunder. Bradley Beal has woken up after a rough start, scoring 63 points combined in the last two games. Now John Wall just has to explain himself for this:
20. Brooklyn Nets (2-4, Last week: 11)
The Nets are sure to turn things around, but they simply don't look like a very good basketball team at the moment. Kevin Garnett might be just about finished, as he's shooting just 32.1 percent from the field. Or he maybe he's just REALLY pacing himself.
21. Toronto Raptors (3-4, Last week: 20)
Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan are the Raptors' two leading scorers. Those two are also both shooting under 40 percent. That doesn't seem like the best way to go about things.
22. Boston Celtics (3-4, Last week: 30)
So yeah, that Jeff Green three was all kinds of awesome. But as great as the three was, it doesn't happen if Gerald Wallace doesn't deliver a picture-perfect dime:
23. Cleveland Cavaliers (3-4, Last week: 23)
Kyrie Irving hasn't gotten off to the greatest of starts, but he looked like his usual self on Saturday against Philadelphia. Irving saved the Cavs from a 2-5 start, scoring 39 points and hitting the game-winner in double-overtime:
24. Milwaukee Bucks (2-3, Last week: 25)
It was a rather quiet week for the Bucks, as they knocked off the Cavs and then fell to the Mavs. Milwaukee did receive some bad news on the injury front with the revelation that Carlos Delfino could miss the entire season due to a setback in his recovery from foot surgery.
25. New York Knicks (2-4, Last week: 16)
Andrea Bargnani actually looked like a viable replacement for Tyson Chandler in a win over the Charlotte Bobcats, scoring 25 points, grabbing eight rebounds and blocking five shots. The next game? 16 points, one rebound and zero blocks in an embarrassing loss to San Antonio. It's going to be a real bumpy ride without Chandler.
26. Charlotte Bobcats (3-3, Last week: 26)
While the Bobcats have a respectable 3-3 record, the numbers say they're still pretty bad. Charlotte has one of the worst offenses in the league and the fifth-worst efficiency differential. Al Jefferson is still dealing with an ankle injury.
27. Los Angeles Lakers (3-5, Last week: 21)
The Lakers somehow beat the Rockets in Houston on a clutch three by Steve Blake. The rest of the week was utter disaster. Los Angeles lost their other three games by double digits and Steve Nash is really hurting from a back injury.
28. Denver Nuggets (1-4, Last week: 29)
The good news is that the Nuggets won their first game. The bad news is that they can't seem to stop anybody and have now lost center JaVale McGee to a stress fracture in his leg.
29. Sacramento Kings (1-5, Last week: 24)
The Kings are in the midst of a five-game losing streak, but on a more positive note, DeMarcus Cousins has scored over 30 points in each of the last two games. So there's that.
30. Utah Jazz (0-7, Last week: 28)
The Jazz are...how shall I put this nicely...really terrible. Four games this week, four losses by a total of 74 points. Ouch.