2016-17 NBA Power Rankings: How Each Team Stacks Up in the Early Going

November 4th, 2016 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »
The trick to doing the first edition of in-season NBA power rankings is avoiding overreaction.

A handful of games won't make or break anybody's year, and we haven't even had enough time to make good judgments on strength of schedule. At the same time, these are supposed to reflect how good every NBA team is right now—not three months down the road.

That means looking at records and trends, but also being careful not to lean too hard on advanced metrics without really scrutinizing them. A winless team that can't stop anyone has to slip because this is a present measure of competence, but it's also fair to build in some leeway if we expect that team (I'll just say it: I'm talking about the Washington Wizards) to figure it out eventually.

Cautious as we're trying to be, this week will probably still feature some of the wildest swings of the year. From the looks of things, we were a little too critical (Chicago Bulls) or too generous (Orlando Magic) with our opinions in preseason rankings.

Now that we've seen everyone on the court, we can do some course correcting.

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