Let's jump into this weeks Power Rankings!
We have our first change at the top of the board, but unfortunately for one long suffering group of fans, no change at the foot of the table.
Injuries are starting to play a major part in the season, so it will be interesting to see which teams are able to handle the roster shuffle with the least consternation.
Throughout the season, Inside Sport will be bringing you our NBA Power Rankings. These are not necessarily ranking based on records. This is a purely subjective assessment of how a team is progressing, projected and playing.
All records are as of Thursday night Australian time.
30. New York Knicks (No change)
(2-9 Record) Last week: 1-2
The Knicks won a basketball game!!! Yes, The Knickerbockers got up for the Porzingis revenge match, but predictably enough were embarrassed by Cleveland in their next game. Coach David Fizdale appears to be in the gun, and whilst he's not blameless, what can he do with this horribly put together roster? The one and only positive is the continued strong play of rookie RJ Barrett.
29. Golden State Warriors (Down 1)
(2-10) Last week: 0-4
The first team to reach double digit losses this year! Who put money on that before the season?
The only man to start each and every game for the Dubs is....Glen Robinson III. If that doesn't tell you how bad things are in the Bay, then I can't help you. D'Angelo Russell continues to be the man, scoring a career high 52 in a loss to the Wolves. Surely it's only a matter of time before he's traded?
28. Memphis Grizzlies (Down 7)
(4-7) Last week: 2-3
Despite a solid week results wise, this drop is purely down to an organisational decision. The Grizz held out Rookie Ja Morant for rest, 3 weeks into the season. There have been no reports sighting injury or fatigue, so we have to assume this is a naked tank job in Memphis. It's a shame. The more of Ja, Jaren Jackson Jr & finally injury free Jonas Valanciunas on the floor, the better.
27. New Orleans Pelicans (Down 1)
(2-8) Last week: 1-2
They're still awful on defence and can't rebound to save themselves, although the returning Derrick Favors should help there. It's slightly concerning that the Pels offence started to dip until JJ Redick, now approximately 61 years old, was re-inserted back into the starting five. Brandon Ingram is officially breaking out, the 22 year old averaging career highs in practically every category.
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26. Chicago Bulls (Down 3)
(4-7) Last week: 1-1
Coach Jim Boylen can be old school, but he's at least modernising as a coach, encouraging his team to keep blazing away from the outside. However on the whole, the Bulls are not good at shooting the rock: 32.4% good for 25th in the NBA. Rookie Coby White showed some signs of life, dropping seven 3's with his college coach in the building, to slap down the hapless Knicks.