We just witnessed our first decent shuffle at the top of ESPN.com’s weekly NBA Power Rankings.
Decent is the word of choice when Golden State returns to the top two after an absence of four weeks and the LA Clippers tumble two spots to No. 4 — but also when the reigning champs from Cleveland hold firm in the No. 1 spot for the seventh successive edition of the rankings.
The Warriors, to be fair, are as close to No. 1 as they can possibly be, toting an 11-game winning streak and the NBA’s most-feared offense into Monday’s showdown with the Atlanta Hawks and the league’s top-ranked D. Golden State is averaging a ridiculous 118.4 points per game — something no team has done for an entire season since the Chris Mullin/Tim Hardaway Warriors of 1991-92 — and is bidding to become the first team to average at least 31 assists per game since the Showtime Lakers of 1984-85.
The only real hoops concern in the Bay Area at the moment is the state of Draymond Green‘s tender left ankle, but the Cavaliers and the only player in league history to rank in the top 10 in all-time scoring as well as the top 20 in assists — LeBron Raymone James — have simply refused to open the door yet for the Warriors or anyone else to bump them off the top.
Hopefully you’ll see plenty more to dissect and discuss throughout our 1-to-30 ladder, with many thanks, as always, going to ESPN Stats & Information and the Elias Sports Bureau for supplying much of the background data that helps your Committee arrange things.