The Indiana Pacers have climbed to the top of the TSN.ca NBA Power Rankings, ahead of the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs.
Among the early surprises, the Portland Trail Blazers have been outstanding, and sit fourth after being ranked 15th in the preseason.
Other teams that have been mediocre, yet still much better than expected, include the Minnesota Timberwolves (up from 23 to 11), the Orlando Magic (from 28 to 17) and the Phoenix Suns (from 30 to 16).
Going the other way, injuries have hit the Chicago Bulls, down from seven to 13, and the Memphis Grizzlies, down from six to 15.
The Cleveland Cavaliers haven't made any progress, despite some expectations that could happen this year, and they've plummeted from 12 to 27.
Both New York teams have been a mess. The Knicks crashed from 10 to 25 with their 3-11 record and the Brooklyn Nets are 4-11, but missing four rotation players due to injury, and sit 30th after being ranked fourth in the preseason.
The Toronto Raptors are up a couple of spots, from 22 to 20, after a 6-8 start to the season.
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