Power Rankings: Champs impress

Updated: November 2, 2015, 2:28 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
Monday, November 2

The defending champs, as regular readers know, always start the season in the top spot of ESPN's weekly NBA Power Rankings.

Yet it should be clear, after the season's opening week, that the championship they won in June is far from the only reason that the Golden State Warriors peer down at the rest of the league at this early stage.

Looking lasered in right away after an indifferent preseason, Golden State improved to 70-15 in their last 85 regular-season games by bolting to a 3-0 start that also hiked the Warriors' road record to 37-16 since the start of last season (and including the playoffs). With reigning MVP Steph Curry averaging a ridiculous 39.3 points -- and sporting an unfathomable PER of 52.4 -- through those three games, Curry & Co. have scarcely felt the absence of coach Steve Kerr or the loss of big man Andrew Bogut to a concussion on opening night against New Orleans.

We'll dig even deeper into the customary early-season ups and downs of our ladder, as always, via Stein Line Live, with the usual opportunity to comment on this week's 1-to-30 order also below. (Hat tip to ESPN Stats & Information and the Elias Sports Bureau for their ever-helpful dishing of data to assist the Committee of One in our computations.)

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