If there was an award for “Don’t mess with me” in the NBA the Golden State Warriors would have that locked down already. They seem to be in cruise control now up to 22-0 and comfortably out in 1st place in the West. The road to the finals is most definitely going through Oracle Arena this year. However, still lost in all the Warriors hoopla are the Spurs who only have 4 losses on the season proving game in and game out that age is nothing but a number. Clearly the 2nd best team in the NBA and might be the best test to taking down the reigning champs. The rest of the West is still very close. Nobody has truly separated themselves as a legitimate team so far. Spots 3-8 in the West are divided  2.5 games and 3.5 for spots 9 and 10. If it’s not already clear the West is not as dominant as it once was and there might be a changing of the guard in terms of power teams. The Thunder still have yet to find their groove as they’re just 4 games over .500 however, Russell Westbrook continues to be a stat sheet stuffer, and having Kevin Durant playing alongside you isn’t bed either. The Mavericks have kind of cooled off after a good start and will most likely hover around that 4-6 spot as the season goes on. The Clippers are not the same old Lob City we’ve come to know and love and are currently in 6th place. In 8th right now are the Houston Rockets who have really turned it around after that awful start and coaching change. Harden is still one of the more dangerous offensive players in the league and might have to single handedly will this team to the playoffs. Portland, Minnesota and Phoenix are all teams that will be in the playoff conversation as the year goes on. Although currently in 11th the Suns seem to be the more playoff capable and put together team wise out of the three. The Western Conference Standings so far:

  1. Warriors
  2. Spurs
  3. Thunder
  4. Grizzlies
  5. Mavericks
  6. Clippers
  7. Jazz
  8. Rockets

It’s been a while since anyone said the Eastern Conference was the better of the two in the NBA. The East currently has 7 teams in the top 10 of the power rankings. It’s a tight race early as there is a new king atop the standings. The Heat have jumped over the Cavs with a nice 5 game stretch and just fine with a resurgent D-Wade and Chris Bosh. The Cavs are still a threat and that’s with Irving and Shumpert still on the injured list. Lebron is making a strong case as to why he’s still the best player on the planet. Potential MVP candidate Paul George is leading the charge up in Hoosier country as the Pacers seem to be back to their winning ways from a few years ago. The Hawks continue to play games slow and methodical and haven’t had a 30 point scorer in over a year and are sitting right in the middle in 5th. The Raptors are a much better team than their record and positioning in the conference. They just recently pushed the Warriors to the brink but came up short. Their problem is playing down to lesser opponents. Charlotte has proven to be a tough team to beat at home and that’s led them to be in the 6th spot in the East. Detroit might have been actually built by Andre Drummond who rebounds like he’s going against grade school children. He’s racked up countless double doubles and has led them to be in the 8th spot in the East. The Celtics sitting in 10th are a funny team because they either win by double digits or lose by double digits. They’ve played some stiff competition early and have generally held their own. It might take a little more time but they’ll soon hit their stride. Also watch out for the Knicks. Behind a rejuvenated Carmelo and the break out of Porzingis they are poised to make some noise as we near the holiday season. The Eastern Conference standings so far:

  1. Heat
  2. Cavaliers
  3. Bulls
  4. Pacers
  5. Hawks
  6. Hornets
  7. Raptors
  8. Pistons

-JT

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