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

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28. Detroit Pistons (1-8)

Cade Cunningham didn't have the best first couple of weeks in his debut season, first missing time with an ankle injury and then missing 32 of his first 39 shots in the league. Still, he put up a double-double against the Philadelphia 76ers and followed that up with 17 points against the Nets.

Other than the debut of their number one pick, there hasn't been much to be excited about for the Pistons this season. They're currently displaying an offensive rating of just 96.5 on 39.4% shooting. Those are extremely poor numbers, but there's some hope they'll improve as Cunningham does.

Next for Detroit: Rockets, Cavaliers, Raptors

27. Orlando Magic (3-8)

With several notable injuries (Markelle Fultz, Jonathan Isaac, Michael Carter-Williams), the Orlando Magic have had a couple of impressive wins over quality clubs and are coming off their best win of the season against the Utah Jazz. 

Second-year point guard Cole Anthony is making a case for the NBA Most Improved Player Award, averaging 20.2 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game while shooting 41.4% from beyond the arc. 

Beating Utah bumps up Orlando a bit, but two losses to the struggling Spurs and another to the Pistons balances that victory out.

Next for Orlando: Nets, Wizards, Hawks

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