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

San Antonio Spurs Derrick White, Dejounte Murray
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Jimmy Butler, Tyler Herro
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4. Miami Heat (7-3)

It's hard to see anyone but Tyler Herro winning the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award by the end of the season. The third-year guard is second on the Heat in points per game with 20.3 off the bench, and he's doing so at a 40% 3-point shooting rate.

Jimmy Butler continues to be the two-way talent we've all known him to be throughout his career and is putting up a career-high 25.3 points per game through Miami's first 10 games.

Bam Adebayo has established himself as a true nightly double-double coming off his gold medal with Gregg Popovich, Keldon Johnson, and Team USA this summer. He's rebounding better than ever and getting to the free throw line a career-high 6.3 times per game. His aggressiveness on both ends of the floor has helped the Heat to the third-best offense and sixth-best defense in the league so far.

Losses to the Pacers and Celtics bump them down a bit, but the Heat are becoming a trendy pick to make it far in the East playoffs and even make another surprising Finals appearance. 

Next for Miami: Lakers, Clippers, Jazz

3. Chicago Bulls (7-3)

It looks like any concerns of DeMar DeRozan fitting in with the Chicago Bulls should be thrown out the window. Currently averaging the most points he's averaged since 2016-17, there's even been some MVP talk surrounding the 32-year-old after his hot start. 

After being a clutch player throughout his career with the Spurs, he's continuing that in the Windy City so far, scoring 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting in those situations. He's also getting to the line more often than he ever did in San Antonio despite new rules having NBA referees swallowing their whistles more often.

Chicago was expected to be weak in the defense department given their personnel, but they've managed to obtain the fourth spot in defensive rating through 10 games. The Bulls' recent win over the Brooklyn Nets was their best one of the season and showcased them as a potential new contender in the East.

Their tough five-game road trip coming up should give us more insight on just what they're truly capable of.

Next for Chicago: Mavericks, Warriors, Clippers

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