DA's Top 15 Rankings: Golden State Warriors surge back to top

NBA.com Global on Oct 31, 2017 08:59 AM
DA's Top 15 Rankings: Warriors surge back to top
Golden State Warriors' Andre Iguodala, right, celebrates with Kevin Durant (35) during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. Warriors won, 120-117. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

By David Aldridge, TNT Analyst

David Aldridge reveals which teams, to him, are the Top 15 squads in the NBA at this moment.

(last week’s record in parenthesis; previous ranking in brackets)

1) Golden State Warriors (3-1) [4]: Kevon Looney playing productive minutes early.

2) Houston Rockets (2-2) [1]: Eric Gordon (24.8 ppg through six games) picking up the slack for the injured Chris Paul.

3) San Antonio Spurs (2-2) [3]: After today’s game at Boston, the Spurs won’t leave the Central Time Zone again until after Thanksgiving.

4) Cleveland Cavaliers (1-2) [2]: Back to the Future -- Cavs again switch up their starting lineup and return to the one that got them to three straight Finals, with Tristan Thompson back at center, Kevin Love bumped down to the four, LeBron at the three (with Jae Crowder going to the bench) and J.R. Smith at the two.

5) Boston Celtics (3-0) [9]: Their length on the wings (Brown, Tatum, rookie Semi Ojeleye) looked formidable at the defensive end in avenging an earlier loss to Antetokounmpo and the Bucks last week.

6) LA Clippers (2-1) [7]: Pat Beverley taking his (defensive) talents to Rodeo Drive; Clippers are No. 1 in both Defensive Rating and points allowed through first two weeks of the season.

7) Milwaukee Bucks (2-1) [8]: I don’t think I would have wanted to cover 41 home games at the MECCA. My corneas are just getting back to normal.

8) Memphis Grizzlies (3-1) [10]: Pretty impressive sweepage of the Rockets this week, including beating the Rockets in Memphis on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) despite none of the Grizzlies’ starters scoring in double figures.

9) Toronto Raptors (1-2) [5]: Pretty sure Kyle Lowry isn’t going to shoot 35.5 percent for the whole season.

10) Detroit Pistons (3-1) [15]: Take down Clippers, Warriors back to back on the road? A pretty impressive California Dreaming.

11) Washington Wizards (2-2) [6]: Their propensity for playing up/down to opponent continues in sloppy loss to Lakers Wednesday (last Thursday, PHL time), fourth-quarter battle with Warriors Friday (last Saturday, PHL time).

12) Oklahoma City Thunder (2-1) [11]: Russell Westbrook’s completed a career NBA triple-double with his 26-point, 13-rebound, 13-assist effort Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) against the Bulls -- the last team in the league against whom he’d yet to have one.

13) Portland Trail Blazers (2-1) [14]: Won 17th straight home opener by beating New Orleans at Moda Center on Tuesday (last Wednesday, PHL time).

14) Orlando Magic (2-1) [NR]: Who is this group of imposters shooting 46 percent on three-pointers? What have you done with the Magic?

15) Minnesota Timberwolves (1-2) [13]: They feel a guy light off the bench.

Dropped out: Utah Jazz (12)

Longtime NBA reporter, columnist and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer David Aldridge is an analyst for TNT. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter.

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