Some unexpected power rankings have been taking place this year. It is still early, but there are some teams showing surprising results in the latest power rankings.
The Celtics have gone undefeated since their game one loss and are now ranked #1 with a 7-1 record. Gordan Hayward was finally starting to look like his old self after his horrific injury two years ago, but broke his hand and will be out for six weeks after a successful surgery. With Kemba Walker fitting in with the system smoothly, the Celtics look as though they are finally playing up to their potential.
Some names that you would expect to see in the top five are there. The Lakers are #2 with the second-best defense in the NBA. Lebron has been no disappointment this year, looking to take back the throne both for him and L.A. Numbers 3, 4, 5 are the Bucks, Nuggets and Clippers respectively. Each of these teams have been putting up great numbers landing them in the top five.
Some surprises have taken place in the West with the Suns and Mavericks both holding 6-3 records. The Suns are #9 in the power rankings and the Mavericks, just missing the top ten, landing at #11. The Suns have a re-energized roster that has us all wondering if this might finally be the year we see Devin Booker reach the playoffs.
Even though their stars are both very young and their bench has been weak, the Mavericks have the number one offense in the league. The combo of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis has been overwhelming the defenses of opposing teams.
The season is far from over for any team, but it always helps to get off to an early good start.