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NBA Power Rankings, Week 4: Spurs nosedive, Warriors soar

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12. Denver Nuggets (6-4)

Nikola Jokic has taken his already deceptively effective rebounding to the next level, and that's going to lead to further headaches for opposing centers. The reigning MVP has increased his rebounds per game from 10.8 to 13.6 but has seen his assists go down by nearly three per game due to Denver's lackluster offense.

Back-to-back losses to the Memphis Grizzlies brought the Nuggets down the rankings a bit, and they narrowly escaped slipping further by barely surviving a home game against the Houston Rockets. 

Even though he was underachieving this season, the Nuggets will miss Michael Porter Jr as his back injury will be keeping him out "for the foreseeable future", according to Coach Michael Malone. If the NBA suspends Jokic for his recent retaliation shove of Markieff Morris, they might dip even more before they rebound.

Next for Denver: Pacers, Hawks, Trail Blazers

11. New York Knicks (7-4)

A thrilling double-overtime victory started the Knicks' five wins in six games to begin the season, but they've since cooled off. New York is allowing 109.4 points per game (22nd) and is giving up the most made threes (14.7) per game in the NBA, which has led to some unexpected losses to Toronto and Indiana.

Julius Randle is building on his All-Star season with an increase in rebounds (11) and blocks (1.0) per game while scoring 22.5 points to lead the Knicks. Kemba Walker is also shooting a career-best 45% from beyond the arc on six attempts per game.

After a notable rookie season, Immanuel Quickley's stats are down across the board, mainly his shooting (33.8% FG and 30% from three). His last two games were two of the better ones of the season for him, though, and those percentages are far too low to stay constant as the season goes on.

Next for New York: Bucks, Hornets, Pacers