2015-16 NBA Power Rankings: Top Tier Separating Itself from the Rest of the Pack

December 18th, 2015 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »
Big things have happened since last week's edition of the NBA Power Rankings.

The Golden State Warriors finally succumbed to the rigors of the road and the pressure of perfection, dropping their first game of the season to the Milwaukee Bucks. Meanwhile, those silent San Antonio Spurs continued stifling the opposition with suffocating defense and an offense that, terrifyingly, is now also rounding into shape.

The race for the top spot has never been tighter.

Beneath the juggernauts, there's still a smaller class of title hopefuls and a roiling sea of playoff contenders, nearly a dozen of which seem to reside in the Eastern Conference. Sorting that mess out is going to be a challenge all year.

As always, rankings take into account overall season performance with an eye toward recent trends. Stats like net rating and simple rating still matter a little more than basic records, though wins and losses (especially strung together in streaks) carry plenty of weight.

We're past the quarter pole of the 2015-16 NBA season, and things are still as fluid as ever.

You. Me. Rank. Now.

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