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

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20. Charlotte Hornets (5-7)

The rise of Miles Bridges has been a fun development in the NBA this season. Going from 12.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game last season to 22.3 and 7.4, he's likely the frontrunner to receive the Most Improved Player Award if he keeps up this pace.

LaMelo Ball's all-around game has been on full display, and he's coming off his second career triple-double in the Hornets' overtime loss to the Lakers on Monday. He's also just incredibly entertaining to watch.

While their offense has been incredibly efficient, having the worst-rated defense in the league can't last if the Hornets want to have their sights set on a play-in spot in the Eastern Conference.

Next for Charlotte: Grizzlies, Knicks, Warriors

19. Milwaukee Bucks (4-6)

Seeing the Milwaukee Bucks below .500 three weeks into the season isn't that surprising when you look at their early injuries. Only Giannis Antetokounmpo and Grayson Allen have been full-time starters for all 10 games, with the following important pieces all missing time:

Khris Middleton (illness) - 3 games
Jrue Holiday (ankle) - 6 games
Brook Lopez (back) - 9 games

The Bucks have struggled to generate enough offense without key players, averaging just 97.2 points per game in their six losses. Being beaten by the Timberwolves and Spurs wasn't a good look, but their early issues should be remedied when they get some guys back. Don't expect the Bucks to be this low for very long.

Next for Milwaukee: 76ers, Knicks, Celtics