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

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Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris
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2. Philadelphia 76ers (8-3)

You've got to hand it to the Philadelphia 76ers for having to deal with the distraction that is Ben Simmons and still managing to win at an impressive rate. Only the New York teams have managed to defeat Joel Embiid and company through 11 games, with the Knicks' win on Monday snapping the Sixers' six-game winning streak. 

Philly's quick start is mainly due to their hot outside shooting percentages from Seth Curry (48.3), Furkan Korkmaz (42.4), and Danny Green (40) combined with the consistency of Embiid and Tobias Harris. As a result, the 76ers are first in field goal percentage (48.5) and offensive rating (114.2).

Considering their superstar is averaging 7.1 points per game fewer than last season and they're still thriving offensively, it looks like Philadelphia will be just fine as they figure out how to solve the Simmons saga.

Next for Philadelphia: Bucks, Raptors, Pacers

Stephen Curry, Draymond Green
Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors / Michael Urakami/GettyImages

1. Golden State Warriors (9-1)

Stephen Curry just scored 50 points in 35 minutes and the Golden State Warriors are 9-1. It'd be criminal if I had them anywhere but the top spot in the power rankings. Beyond Curry, Jordan Poole has arrived in a big way, averaging 18.2 points and 1.4 steals per game.

The Warriors don't even have Klay Thompson or James Wiseman back yet, and they're still already the best offense and fifth-best defense in the NBA. 

While they've tallied wins over the Lakers and Clippers, this could be a case of an otherwise cupcake schedule inflating their record, but you can only play the teams put ahead of you. Winning nine of 10 with the only loss being in overtime is a spectacular start no matter the opponents, and the form Curry's in should keep their momentum going against better opponents. 

Next for Golden State: Timberwolves, Bulls, Hornets

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