Power Rankings: Opening Week brings early surprises

Updated: November 5, 2007, 2:14 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

Here's an unexpected entry for the NBA's around-the-clock Kobe Coverage: Guess who ranks as the hottest team in ESPN.com's Power Rankings?

That's right. Kobe Bryant's Los Angeles Lakers steadied themselves after a circus-like October with impressive victories over Phoenix and Utah over the weekend, resulting in a league-high jump of 10 spots from No. 20 to No. 10. Change was minimal among the top six teams, but four more clubs in the Lakers' range climbed nine spots: Atlanta, Indiana, Charlotte and the Los Angeles Clippers.

Dramatic shifts are commonplace every Monday at this early stage of the season, but here's one constant: Click here or at the bottom to comment.

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