NBA Power Rankings: Warriors losing grip on No. 1 spot?

Updated: January 11, 2016, 3:31 PM ET
By Marc Stein |
Monday, Jan. 11

The Committee of One gets it.

We understand the push in some corners to finally shuffle things at the top and give the San Antonio Spurs a turn at No. 1 in's weekly NBA Power Rankings. Especially since the Spurs were so dominant in December, when they outscored the opposition by 20.4 points per 100 possessions in compiling a 14-2 mark that set a new franchise record for the month.

But the Golden State Warriors simply won't allow it. The Warriors' defense has undeniably slipped in recent weeks, as they've been dealing with a variety of small-scale injuries, but the Warriors still boast an average nightly point differential of plus-12.2, which remains almost as gaudy as San Antonio's plus-13.9.

It's too close in that category, in other words, to drop Golden State out of the top spot just for the sake of the season's first shakeup. No Warriors fatigue here when they've overcome a number of obstacles in the first half of the season -- and still don't have the services of head coach Steve Kerr -- to record the best 37-game start in league history.

The Dubs, after all, are one game ahead of Chicago's 34-3 mark at the same stage of the 1995-96 season in which the Bulls went 72-10 ... and they've only lost one game with Steph Curry in uniform. With apologies to the Spurs, who are still two weeks away from their first crack at these Warriors, we saw no alternative but to keep Curry & Co. at the top for the 13th successive edition of this season's rankings.

A deeper discussion about the thinking that went into arranging this week's ladder can be found, as always, via Stein Line Live. Thanks to Micah Adams and all of our friends within the NBA wing of ESPN Stats & Information, as well as the Elias Sports Bureau, for the trusty data assistance they provide your faithful Committee week after week to help us in all of our calculations. You can comment on the latest 1-to-30 order below.


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