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Foux’s Week 2 Power Rankings

  1. Spurs (+2) Even without Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs have looked as dangerous as ever. Djounten Murray has also emerged on the scene in the absence Tony Parker. In Pop we trust.
  2. Warriors (-1) It’s going to be fine.
  3. Cavs (-1) Losing Derrick Rose to an ankle injury makes the Cavs very thin at the point guard spot for the immediate future. Still, the Cavs have been the excellent and deep team we anticipated.
  4. Rockets (+1) The Rockets will be fine with James Harden resuming complete control while Chris Paul is out for the next month or so.
  5. Timberwolves (+3) The Timberwolves showed their teeth in Sunday’s showdown with OK3. The Timberwolves are sharing the basketball and finding their identity fast. Look out.
  6. Bucks (+5) Giannis has been the best player in the NBA so far.
  7. Clippers (+3) Losing Milos Teodosic indefinitely is going to hurt but the Clippers have plenty of depth at guard and more than enough inside to stay afloat while their best playmaker recovers from injury.
  8. Jazz (+5) The Jazz’s only loss came against the Timberwolves and it was by just three points. They have beaten the Thunder and the Nuggets. Tuesday night’s game against the Clippers will be a good test.
  9. Grizzlies (+11) With wins over Golden State and Houston, the Grizzlies are showing that they are still a formidable team in the west; whether or not this is susatainable is yet to be determined.
  10. Wizards (-3) – Like every other team on this list, we will know more after they play more games. The Wizards have won their first two games.
  11. Toronto (-2) – The Raptors have dominated the Bulls and Sixers thus far. Let’s see how they stack up against the Spurs.
  12. Thunder (-8) The Thunder are off to a rough start as they search for their identity. They will bounce back once they figure each other out a little more.
  13. Celtics (-7) The Celtics had to fall in the rankings after Gordon Hayward broke his ankle. Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum have been fantastic however and the Celtics will improve with the debut of Marcus Morris.
  14.  Trail Blazers – The Blazers’ only loss came at the hands of the Bucks. C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard have been excellent thus far. Nice start for Rip City.
  15. Nuggets (-3) Nikola Jokić has been flirting with triple-doubles and proving to be one of the best passing big men in the world. Let’s see how they fare against a dangerous Wizards team.
  16. Hornets (+1) Dwight Howard has gotten off to a good start as a member of the Hornets but they still have much to prove before they can climb these rankings.
  17. Pistons (+5) The Pistons…as long as Reggie Jackson is playing hero ball, I don’t believe in Detroit.
  18. Magic (+8) The Magic are off to a fine start with big wins over the Heat and the Cavs. How does that team lose to the Nets though?
  19. Pelicans (-3)  Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are off to a hot start but I am not sure what can be said for the rest of the Peli-can’ts.
  20. Heat (-4) Hassan Whiteside has averaged 20 plus points and rebounds through the Heat’s first two games.
  21. 76ers (-3) The 76ers just got their first win in Detroit. Ben Simmons has been making a strong case for rookie of the year, looking like a young LeBron James.
  22. Lakers (-1) Lonzo balled out against the Suns after struggling in his NBA debut. The Lakers look like they may have their next superstar.
  23. Hawks (-4) The Hawks are very well coached but also just so bad.
  24. Pacers – The Pacers have an athletic and fun young team; not a very good one though.
  25. Nets (+4) The Nets 2-1 record has everything to do with their schedule though.
  26. Mavericks (-7) The Dallas Mavs are still searching for their first win.
  27. Bulls (+3) The Bulls aren’t winning but they are actually playing modern basketball, averaging 30 3-point attempts per game. Meanwhile, their rookie Laurie Markennan has thrived in the absence of Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic, dropping 17 in his debut which is the most in the history of the franchise.
  28. Kings (-3)The Kings are 29 in points per game and 28th in assists.
  29. Knicks (-1) If only they could just have 11 more Kristaps.
  30. Suns (-6) The Suns are the messiest team in the league right now after the firing of Earl Watson and the trade request of Eric Bledsoe.

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