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NBA Week 6 Power Rankings

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The West and the Warriors stay put as the East and the Nets shake things up in our power rankings 17 games into the season.

The West has stayed consistent so far this season with the Warriors remaining on top with 14 wins. Right behind them in the two-seed are the Suns who are on an 11-game win streak and encroaching on Golden States’ territory. The East has seen several teams rotate in and out of the top six in standings. The Nets are on top with 12 wins as the Wizards, Bulls, and Heat all have 11 wins. All but two teams in the top six in the East are on winning streaks. Teams like the Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, and Philadelphia 76ers are on the outside looking in. Check it out in our Week 6 Power Rankings below.

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Houston Rockets

1-15

30

29

What can you say about a team this bad? They’re on pace to be the worst team in NBA history. Have we said this before? They currently own the worst Off Rtg (Offensive Rating) and are 20th in the league in Def Rtg (Defensive Rating). That’s not a situation that begs balance. During the week, they lost by an average of 24 points a game. Rookie Jalen Green is averaging over 14 points a game, but has a pretty poor eFG% of 43.6%. For the team, they are 27th in the league in eFG% at 49.1%, yet first in pace. There’s a lot of work to be done to improve this team and it might be aiming towards the next draft lottery. Even when they get to the line, they are awful, with a league-worst free throw percentage of 69.1%. Gabe Bogart

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New Orleans Pelicans

3-15

29

30

Maybe one of the best things New Orleans’ fans can say is that their team is only the second-worst in the league at 3-15. They “only” lose their games by a margin of a bit over 8 points a game. They are league-worst in Def Rtg at 113.0, which translates to 109.6 opponent points per game (somehow only 23rd in the league??). Luckily, since his return, Brandon Ingram has averaged 21.5 ppg, but the bright spots are few and far between. Once again, Jonas Valanciunas is a rock for the Pelicans. He continues to stay in the top 4 in rebounds at 12.9 per game. Additionally, he’s 6th in the league in offensive rebounds at 3.4 per game.

As if it needs repeating, this team is thirstily waiting for the return of Zion Williamson, but they need to find a personality before then, as they are just getting pummeled by opponents. Beating the Clippers was a nice boost, but it also came at the expense of one of Paul George’s three worst performances of the season. Nobody on the squad averages over 5 assists per game, which tells me they need a real point guard; no offense to Devonte’ Graham. – Gabe Bogart

 

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Orlando Magic

4-13

28

27

The Magic now find themselves in the bottom of the Eastern Conference after losing two more games than the Pistons. They have sprinkled in a few wins this season but haven’t been able to string any together going on two, three, or four-game losing streaks in between wins. Cole Anthony is leading the team in points and assists with 19.6 and 5.9 per game respectively. Mo Bamba leads in rebounds and blocks at 9.4 and 2.2 per game. Their eighth overall pick, Franz Wagner leads the team in steals at 1.2 per game and is averaging 13.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg, and 2.1 apg. – Jacob Mummert

 

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Detroit Pistons

4-11

27

28

After Cade Cunningham‘s return, things started to look up for the Pistons. However, this hasn’t added any more wins to their record. He’s played in 10 games so far this season and is averaging 14.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, and 4.1 apg. Second-year point guard Killian Hayes, having started 14 games this season, leads the team in assists and steals with 3.5 and 1.6 per game. Looks like the Pistons will be looking at another top pick in the draft at the end of this season. – Jacob Mummert

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San Antonio Spurs

4-11

26

25

The Spurs are on a four-game losing streak heading into the new week. They may be third in their division but are only above the Pelicans and Rockets in the Southwest. Those three teams round out the bottom of the West as well. Dejounte Murray leads the team in almost every statistical category. He’s averaging 18.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 7.8 apg, and 2 spg. They have a younger team but haven’t been able to put it together. As they are looking at a lottery pick at the end of this season, their 12th overall pick from this past year’s draft, Joshua Primo, has only played in three games. – Jacob Mummert

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