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NBA 2012-13 Power Ranking (Week of November 12)

November 11th 2012 16:28
The New York Knicks are the only undefeated team left, but that doesn’t automatically put you at the top of the list. Not after only two weeks. However, rumors go far if you’re the Lakers. A look at this week’s power rankings.

1. Miami Heat

The Heat are still the defending champions and are 4-0 at home. Sure, they were surprised by the Knicks, but haven’t we all.

2. San Antonio Spurs
Same old story, same old result. A balanced attack of offense/defense and starters/bench lead to a 6-1 start for San Antonio.

3. New York Knicks
This week’s big move is the Knicks. Carmelo has taken control of the a team that is finding a defensive identity…all without their “D” weapon, Iman Shumpert.

4. Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder is a team that will need time to adjust. Since the Harden trade I file this team in my “volatile” folder, but in the meantime Kevin martin is averaging 18.0ppg through 6 games.

5. Philadelphia 76ers
It didn’t take long for Philly to prove me wrong and move into the rankings. The 76ers are 4-2 without their bright and shiny new center (Andrew Bynum). Should the Knicks slip and Bynum contributes (eventually) this is my pick for the East division.

6. Chicago Bulls
No Rose and they are still sitting in first place. DEFENSE! DEFENSE! Shout it out, it goes a long way in this league.

7. Los Angeles Clippers
With all the Laker drama Chris Paul is taking control, putting each win and loss on his shoulders. So far, so good. Who would have guessed Mike Brown would be the first coach fired in L.A. this season? .

8. Memphis Grizzlies
Zach Randolph is averaging 15 rebounds a game and Rudy Gay is dropping 19.2 points a game. Should they continue and “X-Factor” Tony Allen continues his solid play regardless of role, the Grizzlies will once again be the team no one wants to face in the post-season.

9. Los Angeles Lakers
Two Words: Phil Jackson

10. Minnesota Timberwolves
The T-Wolves are tied for first with the Thunder without their top two players (Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio). As always with Minnesota, proceed with caution.

DROPPED OUT: Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks

David S. Grant is an author of several books, rock columnist, travel writer, and NBA blogger. Follow David on Twitter: @david_s_grant

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