By Tony Andracki & Mark Strotman
Each Monday throughout the regular season, Mark Strotman and Tony Andracki will rank all 30 NBA teams. Below are Week 5 Power Rankings. Think we're way off? Agree with our picks? Hit us up on Twitter at@BullsTalkCSNwith comments or criticisms.
Past rankings:PreseasonWeek 1Week 2Week 3 Week 4
Tony:Five-game winning streak pushes them to No. 1.
Mark:Point-differential (9.8) best in the NBA by more than a point (NYK: 8.2)
Tony:Hottest team in the NBA, led by Mr. Sportsman of the Year.
Mark:Best record in the West, and maybe the best defense in the NBA.
Tony:Nearly unbeatable at home (8-1).
Mark:Westbrook's improvement nearly as impressive as Durant's.
Tony:Only lost by 5 to Heat on the road without 4 best players? This is a good team.
Mark:Thursday night's game in Miami will be a good test.
Tony:Carmelo will definitely be getting some MVP votes.
Mark:Hey, Stern: The rest worked. Spurs beat Memphis in overtime on Saturday.
Tony:Basketball is back in the Big Apple.
Mark: Three-game win streak after losing four in a row after last week.7
Tony:Still hot, but just not as sizzling as teams above them.
Mark:Blatche has played well in Lopez's absence.8
Tony:Remember, they're doing this all without Bynum.
Mark:Evan Turner may be the league's most improved player.
Tony:Cracking the Top 10, and they deserve it.
Mark:Won six in a row before a home loss to the Cavaliers. Huh?
Tony:Getting hot as season picks up. 7-3 since 2-2 start.
Mark:Stephen Curry's ankles look healthy...for now.
Tony:Still hovering around .500. Will age catch up to them?
Mark:Losses at Utah, Golden State and Los Angeles were disappointing for talented roster.
Tony:Very well balanced team just hitting its stride.
Mark:Rondo coming back after two-game suspension.
Tony:Clawed their way back to over .500.
Mark:Belinelli, Butler need to step up while Hamilton recovers from foot injury.
Tony:This is just getting sad now.
Mark:Larry Sanders quietly third in the league in blocks per game (3.0).
Tony:Just gotta stay afloat 'til Dirk returns.
Mark:Pau is out withtendinitis, but he wasn't doing much in D'Antoni's system.16
Tony:They'll continue to stay alive in what will prove to be close Central race.
Mark:Won four of their last five, all at home.
Tony:Bad news about Favors, just as he was coming into his own.
Mark:Lucky to be in the Central, where they're still competing with Granger on the bench.
Tony:Still underperforming, but right in the thick of playoff chase.
Mark:Nice revenge win last week against Los Angeles for Randy Foye, Mo Williams.
Tony:Omer Asik is a double-double every night.
Mark:Rubio likely less than two weeks away.
Tony:Love is back, Rubio on the way.
Mark:They've lost 4 of 6, and now head to the West coast.
Tony:Starting to revert back to form with four-game losing streak.
Mark:Back-to-back overtime wins at CLE and CHA after losing four in a row. Not great.
Tony:Finding a way to win some close games so far.
Mark:Have now lost four in a row, and five of six.
Tony:Allowing the most points per game in NBA.
Mark:Nice road wins over Los Angeles and Golden State to start five-game roadtrip.
Tony:Have quietly started another winning streak.
Mark:Three-game losing streak, and the schedule gets tougher from here.
Tony:They've really turned things around in a hurry.
Mark:Now have a winning record (6-5) since winless start through eight games.
Tony:Have lost 9 of 11 since 3-2 start.
Mark:Anthony Davis injuries starting to be a concern?
Tony:Having real issues distributing on offense (last in NBA in assists per game).
Mark:The fourth Jonas brother, Valanciunas, is improving each week.
Tony:Have dropped 7 of 8 as inconsistency shows.
Mark:Isaiah Thomas a real disappointment early this season.
Tony:They just look lost without Kyrie.
Mark:Anderson Varejao will be an enticing trade candidate at the deadline.
Tony:Hey! They won a game!
Mark:Injuries continue to decimate an already-shallow roster.