FOXSports.com NBA power rankings
NOV 13, 2012 6:02p ET
Spurs and Heat are as reliable as ever in the early going. It's the Knicks, Grizzlies and Timberwolves who have been serving up a surprise.
1 Spurs 6-1
Spurs still tricking us into believing they’re going to win title No. 5. One of these years, they might be right.
2 Knicks 4-0
Carmelo Anthony succeeding without Amar’e Stoudemire. Maybe the Knicks finally have their solution.
3 Grizzlies 5-1 +6
Rudy Gay says this year's Grizzlies can be last year’s Thunder. So far, the man is looking like Nostradamus.
4 Heat 6-2 -1
Defending champs not quite as crisp as they were last year. Read: Still good enough to win it all.
5 Thunder 6-2 +7
Kevin Martin is not as good as James Harden but is scoring around 18 ppg off bench. That’s good enough when you start Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
6 Celtics 4-3 +2
Rajon Rondo again a legitimate MVP candidate. Again, he probably won’t win. Either way, Celtics are coming along slowly.
7 Clippers 5-2
Jamal Crawford has been the difference-maker. On a team with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, that’s saying something.
8 Lakers 3-4 +3
The long-running Hollywood drama continues. But look out once everything settles. It’s likely to be among the most-watched shows of all time.
9 Timberwolves 5-2 +9
No Kevin Love. No Ricky Rubio. No major player at any position. Just a whole lot of teamwork and pieces that have meshed very well.
10 Bucks 4-2 +5
Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings make Bucks Must-See TV. Oh, and suddenly Central Division favorites.
11 Nets 3-2 +3
Team of No. 2 options. That’s not an insult, either. Nets could go places.
12 76ers 4-3 +8
Remember when the Sixers had Andrew Bynum? Actually, THEY just need to stay afloat for another five weeks.
13 Pacers 3-4 -3
Not as impressive without Danny Granger. Can’t blame them, but have to find a way to survive.
14 Bulls 4-3 +1
Bulls pretty much what we figured they’d be minus Derrick Rose -- a .500 (or slightly better) team.
15 Mavericks 4-4 -11
O.J. Mayo has been league’s most underrated story of early season. But Dirk Nowitzki had better hurry up and heal.
16 Hawks 3-3 +1
Have beaten the Thunder and Clippers. Already better than anyone expected.
17 Hornets 3-2 -4
Anthony Davis makes them matter. Someone should tell that to Eric Gordon.
18 Nuggets 4-4 +6
Among that group of Western Conference teams who have a chance to make some noise when it matters -- or could slip into basketball oblivion.
19 Jazz 4-4 +4
Jazz fans learning all about life with Mo Williams as your starting point guard. Up one minute, down the next.
20 Suns 4-4 +6
Shannon Brown for sixth man of year? So far, the first year of the post- Steve Nash era is every bit as good as the last.
21 Warriors 3-4 -5
Talented enough to beat anyone. Now all Warriors need to do is really believe it.
22 Rockets 3-4 -16
James Harden has come back down to earth a little. That means everyone else needs to start overachieving.
23 Trail Blazers 2-5 -4
Lots of promise here, but Blazers need to find a way to convince LaMarcus Aldridge to get closer to the basket once in a while.
24 Cavaliers 2-5 -2
Starters look great and Dion Waiters looks like gold. But man, that bench is killing ‘em.
25 Magic 2-4 -4
Not as atrocious as everyone assumed might be the case. Question now is, what can they get for J.J. Redick?
26 Bobcats 2-3 +1
Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and a few others making them loads of fun to watch. They’ll get wins at some point.
27 Kings 2-5 +2
When the biggest story is DeMarcus Cousins acting like a tough guy after the game and getting suspended … well, welcome to Kings basketball.
28 Raptors 1-6 -3
Raptors playing OK, and look like they have some promise. But just not winning. In this business, that’s the bottom line.
29 Wizards 0-5 -1
Can’t be judged until John Wall and Nene are back and completely healthy. Just had better hope they’re not too far out of it when that happens.
30 Pistons 0-8
Worst start in franchise history. That dates back to Fort Wayne, Ind., and 1948. Or 13 years before Isiah Thomas was born.