NBA Week 9 Power Rankings: Cavs Back In Top 3, Bulls Falling

We're a quarter of the way through the NBA regular season, and we've already seen several surprising teams this year while other would-be contenders might be destined for the lottery this year. How do all of the teams project to stack up against each other early this season? Find out in our 2015-16 Week 7 NBA Power Rankings:

1) Golden State Warriors (26-1)
The Warriors set the record for best start to a season in NBA history, before ultimately falling in a tough back-to-back against the Bucks, but are still playing so much better that everyone else that they probably won't fall from the top spot all season. 

2) San Antonio Spurs (23-5)
San Antontio reeled off a four-game winning streak, but had that snapped in Toronto in their last outing. Still, this team is only five games behind the undefeated Warriors and no one is talking about them...beware of the Spurs.

3) Cleveland Cavaliers (18-7)
Cleveland is now fully healthy with both Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert back, and it shows as they've won five games in a row.

4) Oklahoma City Thunder (19-9)
OKC was 3-3 without star Kevin Durant, but have played like the team we thought they'd be in his return, winning eight of their last nine games.

5) Miami Heat (16-10)
Miami has been on an absolutely tear over the past two weeks, but winning four of their last five games.

6) Indiana Pacers (16-11)
Indiana was been absolutely on fire after an 0-3 start in winning 12 of their next 14, but have dropped two in a row and three of their last six.

7) Charlotte Hornets (15-12)
Charlotte has managed to rebound nicely from a 0-3 start and has been one of the most improved teams in the league that put them in second place in the Eastern Conference at one point, but have lost four of their last five games.

8) Toronto Raptors (17-12)
Toronto struggled after starting the season 5-0 but have gotten back on track, winning five of their last eight games, including a key win over the Spurs.

9) Atlanta Hawks (18-12)
Atlanta has traded wins and losses over the past month, but their current four-game win streak earlier this seasons shows they're among the best teams in the league.

10) Boston Celtics (15-13)
Boston has shaken off an inconsistent start to the season and moved near of the top of the Eastern Conference standings, but have since crashed back to the middle of the pack, losing four of their last six games.

11) Detroit Pistons (16-12)
Detroit's 5-1 start was very surprising, but they've shown they can maintain that high level of play, winning four of their last five games.

12) Los Angeles Clippers (16-13)
LA has recovered from a disastrous stretch where they lost seven of nine games, but are sliding again, losing three games in a row.

13) Chicago Bulls (15-11)
Chicago's win over the Spurs showed they're a very good team, but they've struggled since then, losing three games in a row.

14) Memphis Grizzlies (15-14)
Memphis has rebounded from their nearly catastrophic start and caught fire,  but are back to trading wins and losses over the last few weeks.

15) Dallas Mavericks (15-12)
Dallas has become a surprising team that ranks high in the West early in the season, but they've struggled to find any consistency of late, losing three of their last five games.

16) Houston Rockets (15-14)
The Rockets suddenly look like the contender we thought they'd be, winning eight of their last 11 games.

17) New York Knicks (14-15)
The hype has died a bit around the Knicks but they're still playing well, winning four of their last five games.

18) Orlando Magic (16-12)
Orlando is finally starting to deliver on their preseason promise, winning four of their last five games against an easy part of their schedule.

19) Utah Jazz (12-14)
Utah has still struggled against the top teams in the West (who they've face a lot early this year), but have proven they're an above average team.

20) Washington Wizards (12-14)
Just when Washington was headed in the right direction, they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers. Overall, they've lost six of their last 11 games.

21) Sacramento Kings (11-17)
Sacramento is trending in the right direction and playing much better, winning four of their last six games.

22) Minnesota Timberwolves (11-17)
Minnesota has tapered off since their promising start, but seem to have recovered, going 2-1 over their last three games.

23) Milwaukee Bucks (11-18)
Milwaukee has failed to deliver on their preseason expectations, losing five of their last seven games - though one of those wins came against the previously undefeated Warriors.

24) New Orleans Pelicans (8-19)
New Orleans has been struggled all year, but they're 4-4 over their past eight games as they're finally starting ot get healthy and have been playing much better.

25) Phoenix Suns (12-18)
Phoenix have lost four of their last five games, and have failed to really find any footing this year.

26) Denver Nuggets (11-16)
Denver is reeling, losing 11 of their last 16 games after a better-than-expected start.

27) Portland Trail Blazers (11-19)
Portland has cooled off drastically after a hot start, losing five of their last six games.

28) Brooklyn Nets (8-20)
Brooklyn has shown much more fight of late against a tough schedule, but it hasn't shown up in the win column as they've lost five of their last six games.

29) Los Angeles Lakers (4-23)
We knew the Lakers would be bad, but this is REALLY bad. They're getting blown out more often than not and have lost eight of their last nine games.

30) Philadelphia 76ers (1-28)
The Sixers have a win over the Lakers, put have been absolutely putrid since.

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