Carlos Osorio, AP

The Spurs finally lost, and the Knicks continue to impress. The Heat got beat by Memphis, but tore Brooklyn apart.

The Pistons are the league's trash bin, and the Jazz still can't win on the road. With week one down, there's been some substantial movement in the NBA. Here are the DeseretNews.com NBA Power Rankings after week one.

As always, there's highlights for the top five and for the home team, the Utah Jazz.

Enjoy!

30 Detroit Pistons
Carlos Osorio, AP

Previous Deseret News rank: 30

NBA.com ranking: 30

Record: 0-7

Streak: L7

Maybe the Pistons will start 4-20, just like they did last season. This team just looks terrible.

29 Washington Wizards
Ann Heisenfelt, AP

Previous Deseret News rank: 24

NBA.com ranking: 28

Record: 0-5

Streak: L5

The Wizards are struggling this season to say the least. Sure, they almost beat Boston, but Boston is struggling to find its identity. The Wizards can't seem to do much without John Wall.

28 Toronto Raptors
Lance Murphey, AP

Previous Deseret News rank: 28

NBA.com ranking: 21

Record: 1-5

Streak: L3

Despite the terrific play of their backcourt, the Raptors just can seem to hold a lead. In the last three games they've played, they've surrendered double-digit leads, losing twice. Luckily for them, they next get to play the arguably worst road team in the NBA right now, the Utah Jazz.

27 Sacramento Kings
Ravell Call, Deseret News

Previous Deseret News rank: 27

NBA.com ranking: 29

Record: 2-5

Streak: L2

The Kings have won a couple of games, but still look like a young and confused team. The Kings have good talent, but they just haven't figured out how to play together yet.

26 Orlando Magic
Phelan M. Ebenhack, AP

Previous Deseret News rank: 22

NBA.com ranking: 23

Record: 2-4

Streak: 4

The winner of the "fulfills expectations" award so far, Orlando is the team fans were expecting to see this year. After winning its first two games, the Magic have dropped four straight and lost badly to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

25 Charlotte Bobcats
MIKE MCCARN, AP

Previous Deseret News rank: 29

NBA.com ranking: 25

Record: 2-3

Streak: W1

The Bobcats are looking better than they did last season, but that isn't hard to do. This team still has a lot to work on.

24 Cleveland Cavaliers
Amy Sancetta, AP

Previous Deseret News rank: 25

NBA.com ranking: 26

Record: 2-5

Streak: L3

Kyrie Erving is a good player, but after blowing a big lead in a loss to the Suns, the Cavs are still near the bottom of the NBA.

23 Portland Trail Blazers
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Previous Deseret News rank: 18

NBA.com ranking: 17

Record: 2-4

Streak: L3

After showing some promise with a 2-1 start, the Blazers have lost three in a row and look like they're rebuilding. On the positive side, Damian Lillard continues to impress.

22 Phoenix Suns
Ross D. Franklin, AP

Previous Deseret News rank: 26

NBA.com ranking: 27

Record: 3-4

Streak: L1

Phoenix had a big comeback win against the Cavs and almost did the same in Utah. But this team gets down too big, too early and lacks a star player.

21 Golden State Warriors
Associated Press

Previous Deseret News rank: 21

NBA.com ranking: 22

Record: 3-4

Streak: L2

The Warriors still don't look like a contender or even close to it. They lost to the Lakers, a team that previously, could only beat the Pistons.

20 LA Lakers
Mark J. Terrill, AP

Previous Deseret News rank: 6

NBA.com ranking: 7

Record: 3-4

Streak: W2

There are a lot of question marks in Los Angeles right now, but the Lakers look better after the firing of Mike Brown. This team's stock is on the upswing, and time will tell if new hire Mike D'Antoni can take full advantage.

19 Utah Jazz
Jim Urquhart, AP

Previous Deseret News rank: 15

NBA.com ranking: 16

Record: 3-4

Streak: W1

Perfect at home, winless on the road, Utah has to figure how to take the EnergySolutions with them outside of Utah. They better hurry too--Utah has four road games this week. If it can't learn to win on the road, expect Utah to be nothing more than an NBA fringe team.

18 Indiana Pacers
Darron Cummings, AP

Previous Deseret News rank: 3

NBA.com ranking: 8

Record: 3-4

Streak: W1

After being the third seed in the East last season, the Pacers have problems now. Danny Granger, arguably the team's best player, will sit out three months with knee problems.

In addition to Granger's injury, the Pacers have a hard time holding onto the ball, leading the league in turnovers.

17 Atlanta Hawks
Todd Kirkland, AP

Previous Deseret News rank: 11

NBA.com ranking: 10

Record: 2-3

Streak: L2

The Hawks have yet to prove themselves and have lost two straight. They're losing to elite teams, like the Clippers, but haven't given fans a reason to believe they'll finally take the next step.

16 Houston Rockets
Pat Sullivan, AP

Previous Deseret News rank: 17

NBA.com ranking: 18

Record: 3-3

Streak: W1

James Harden and Jeremy Lin were pretty much held in check on their own floor... by the Nuggets. Harden and Lin might not have enough help to keep this rolling.

15 New Orleans Hornets
Gus Ruelas, AP

Previous Deseret News rank: 23

NBA.com ranking: 14

Record: 3-2

Streak: W1

The Hornets scored just 62 points in a dreadful loss to the 76ers, but they have turned a lot of heads with a winning record so far. They may not play the prettiest basketball in the NBA, but they get the job done.

14 Milwaukee Bucks
Mike Roemer, AP

Previous Deseret News rank: 20

NBA.com ranking: 20

Record: 3-2

Streak: L1

The Bucks haven't been the most impressive team in the east this season, and they lost to the Grizzlies 108-90 in Milwaukee. Not sure if this team has the push to actually make the playoffs this season, but they're winning so far.

13 Dallas Mavericks
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Previous Deseret News rank: 13

NBA.com ranking: 12

Record: 4-3

Streak: L2

Dallas was looking pretty good early on, but O.J. Mayo can't do it all. The Mavericks have lost two straight. If this team can weather the storm until their front line returns, they could make a push.

12 Boston Celtics
Jim Rogash, AP

Previous Deseret News rank: 7

NBA.com ranking: 6

Record: 3-3

Streak: W1

The Celtics don't look very sharp this season. The team barely beat the 0-5 Wizards in Overtime.

11 Brooklyn Nets
Mel Evans, AP

Previous Deseret News rank: 9

NBA.com ranking: 9

Record: 3-2

Streak: W2

Blowing a 22-point lead at home is bad, but so is losing to the Heat by a whopping 30 points. Brooklyn has a hard time stopping anyone. Offensively, though, they're pretty good. Brook Lopez hit 13 buckets in the paint in that fiasco against Miami, and Reggie Evans was solid on the boards.

10 Denver Nuggets
Matt York, AP

Previous Deseret News rank: 19

NBA.com ranking: 15

Record: 4-3

Streak: W4

The Nuggets looked horrible in their first three games. Since, they've won four consecutive games, including a dominating performance against the Jazz at home and the team's first road-win of the season, against the Rockets. The Nuggets held Harden to just 15 ponts on 5-15 shooting.

9 Philadelphia 76ers
Kathy Kmonicek, AP

Previous Deseret News rank: 14

NBA.com ranking: 19

Record: 4-2

Streak: W3

The 76ers are on the rise. If it wasn't for the undefeated Knicks, this team could be 6-0. New York is their kryptonite--they've lost to them twice.

8 Minnesota Timberwolves
Jim Mone, AP

Previous Deseret News rank: 16

NBA.com ranking: 24

Record: 4-2

Streak: L1

The Timberwolves came back from a huge deficit to defeat the Nets in Brooklyn and beat the Magic by 15. As of right now, the Timberwolves are playing some pretty good basketball.

7 Chicago Bulls
John Bazemore, AP

Previous Deseret News rank: 10

NBA.com ranking: 11

Record: 4-2

Streak: W1

The Bulls are doing a good job without Derek Rose. Not sure how long the Bulls can do without him, but at the moment, they aren't doing too bad. Imagine how they'll fare when he returns.

6 Oklahoma City Thunder
DON EMMERT, AP

Previous Deseret News rank: 4

NBA.com ranking: 5

Record: 5-2

Streak: W4

The Thunder finally seem like they're ready to move on, after breaking up with Harden, and have won four straight, including a win over the Cavaliers 106-91.

5 Miami Heat
Mike Ehrmann, AP, Pool

Previous Deseret News rank: 1

NBA.com ranking: 3

Record: 5-2

Streak: L1

The Heat cooled off against the Grizzlies, losing 104-86. Make no mistake about it, the Heat are still an elite team, but they are definitely not No. 1 in the league.

4 LA Clippers
Eric Gay, AP

Previous Deseret News rank: 5

NBA.com ranking: 4

Record: 5-2

Streak: W3

The Clippers are hot right now, after winning three straight, including an impressive win against the Spurs. Everyone except the Clippers' opponents loves watching this team.



3 Memphis Grizzlies
Lance Murphey, AP

Previous Deseret News rank: 8

NBA.com ranking: 13

Record: 5-1

Streak: W5

The Grizzlies devoured Lebron James and the Heat 104-86 and have won five straight games. Zack Randolph and the boys are playing some great basketball right now.

2 New York Knicks
Jeff Zelevansky, AP

Previous Deseret News rank: 12

NBA.com ranking: 2

Record: 4-0

Streak: W4

The Knicks are on fire after beating the Heat and crushing the 76ers on two separate occasions. New York is the only undefeated team left in the NBA.


1 San Antonio Spurs
Jae C. Hong, AP

Previous Deseret News rank: 2

NBA.com ranking: 1

Record: 6-1

Streak: W2

The ageless Spurs suffered a minor setback with a 106-84 loss to the Clippers but have won two games in a row since. They also fended off a furious attack from Portland, salting the game away from the line.

This is still the best team in the NBA.