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Chance Cox’s Week 2 NBA Power Rankings

The NBA Power Rankings are here! See where your team ranks against the entire NBA.

Come back every Monday to see how the powers shift throughout the season. Below I list for you my rankings. Feel free to comment your thoughts on my list as I go through team of the week, player of the week, biggest jump/fall in my rankings, and who will make the biggest jump/fall leading into next week's rankings.

EAST Team of Week: Toronto Raptors (4-0)

WEST Team of Week: Denver Nuggets (3-0)

Player of the Week: Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets): Averaging 26.3ppg, 10.3rpg, 7.3apg, 1.7spg, and 1.0bpg, while helping the Denver Nuggets start the season 3-0. It is their first perfect start in as many games since the 2009-2010 NBA season. He shot .632 from the field and .500 from 3-point. land this week. He became the first player EVER to record a 30 point triple double on 11 or fewer field goal attempts. Jokic joins the great Wilt Chamberlain as the only two players in NBA history to post a 30 point triple double while going perfect from the field. Wow! How could I not choose “The Joker Jokic” for Player of the Week honors? I mean, he has lead his team to a very early 1st place spot in an extremely stout Western conference.

Biggest Jump This Week: New Orleans Pelicans (+14)

Biggest Fall This Week: Oklahoma City Thunder (-11)

Team to Make Biggest Jump in Week 3: Los Angeles Lakers (@PHX, vs. DEN, @SAS)

Team to Take Biggest Fall in Week 3: Portland Trail Blazers (vs. WAS, @ORL, @MIA)

30. Sacramento Kings (Preseason 29)

Current record: 1-2

Standing in Conference: 13th

Team Player of the Week: De’Aaron Fox- 20.3ppg, 7.7apg, 5.0rpg, 1.3 spg

29. Chicago Bulls (Preseason 27)

Current Record: 0-3

Standing in Conference: 15th

Team Player of the Week: Zach Lavine- 32.3ppg, 2.7apg, 3.7rpg, 1.3bpg

28. Atlanta Hawks (Preseason 30)

Current Record: 1-2

Standing in Conference: 11th

Team Player of the Week: Trae Young- 23.0ppg, 8.3apg, 3.3rpg

27. New York Knicks (Preseason 24)

Current Record: 1-3

Standing in Conference: 13th

Team Player of the Week: Tim Hardaway Jr.- 27.0ppg, 2.8apg, 3.3rpg, 1.5 spg

26. Cleveland Cavaliers (Preseason 21)

Current Record: 0-3

Standing in Conference: 14th

Team Player of the Week: Kevin Love- 20.7ppg, 4.0apg, 14.3rpg

25. Orlando Magic (Preseason 28)

Current Record: 2-2

Standing in Conference: 6th

Team Player of the Week: Nikola Vucevic- 18.8ppg, 5.3apg, 10.3rpg, 1.5spg, 1.0bpg

24. Phoenix Suns (Preseason 26)

Current Record: 1-2

Standing in Conference: 11th

Team Player of the Week: Devin Booker- 29.3ppg, 6.7apg, 3.7rpg, 1.0spg

23. Memphis Grizzlies (Preseason 25)

Current Record: 2-1

Standing in Conference: 5th

Team Player of the Week: Mike Conley- 16.7ppg, 6.0apg, 4.3rpg, 1.3spg

22. Dallas Mavericks (Preseason 23)

Current Record: 2-1

Standing in Conference: 7th

Team Player of the Week: Luka Doncic- 18.3ppg, 4.3apg, 5.7rpg, 1.0spg

21. Brooklyn Nets (Preseason 22)

Current Record: 1-2

Standing in Conference: 10th

Team Player of the Week: Caris LeVert- 24.7ppg, 4.0apg, 4.7rpg, 1.0spg

20. Minnesota Timberwolves (Preseason 14)

Current Record: 2-2

Standing in Conference: 9th

Team Player of the Week: Jimmy Butler- 25.3ppg, 3.0apg, 5.7rpg, 3.0spg, 1.3bpg

  1. Detroit Pistons (Preseason 20)

Current Record: 2-0

Standing in Conference: 3rd

Team Player of the Week: Blake Griffin- 29.5ppg, 5.5apg, 10.0rpg,

  1. Washington Wizards (Preseason 15)

Current Record: 1-2

Standing in Conference: 12th

Team Player of the Week: John Wall- 22.3ppg, 8.0apg, 3.7rpg, 2.0spg, 1.7bpg

  1. Oklahoma City Thunder (Preseason 6)

Current Record: 0-3

Standing in Conference: 15th

Team Player of the Week: Paul George- 25.3ppg, 3.7apg, 5.3rpg, 3.0spg

  1. Los Angeles Lakers (Preseason 8)

Current record: 0-3

Standing in Conference: 14th

Team Player of the Week: LeBron James- 27.3ppg, 8.3apg, 8.3rpg, 1.3spg

  1. Miami Heat (Preseason 16)

Current Record: 1-2

Standing in Conference: 9th

Team Player of the Week: Rodney McGruder- 15.7ppg, 3.7apg, 7.0rpg, 1.0bpg

  1. Charlotte Hornets (Preseason 17)

Current Record: 2-2

Standing in Conference: 5th

Team Player of the Week: Kemba Walker- 33.0ppg, 5.3apg, 3.5rpg, 1.0spg

  1. Los Angeles Clippers (Preseason 18)

Current Record: 2-1

Standing in Conference: 6th

Team Player of the Week: Tobias Harris- 22.7ppg, 2.0apg, 8.0rpg, 1.3bpg

  1. San Antonio Spurs (Preseason 9)

Current Record: 2-1

Standing in Conference: 8th

Team Player of the Week: DeMar DeRozan- 29.3ppg, 9.0apg, 5.0rpg, 1.0spg

  1. Portland Trail Blazers (Preseason 12)

Current Record: 2-1

Standing in Conference: 4th

Team Player of the Week: Damian Lillard- 28.7ppg, 7.0apg, 5.3rpg

  1. Indiana Pacers (Preseason 13)

Current Record: 2-2

Standing in Conference: 7th

Team Player of the Week: Victor Oladipo- 21.5ppg, 3.0apg, 6.0rpg, 1.0spg

  1. Houston Rockets (Preseason 2)

Current Record: 1-2

Standing in Conference: 12th

Team Player of the Week: James Harden- 28.3ppg, 9.7apg, 6.7rpg, 2.3spg

  1. Utah Jazz (Preseason 7)

Current Record: 1-2

Standing in Conference: 10th

Team Player of the Week: Joe Ingles- 19.3ppg, 5.0apg, 4.3rpg, 2.7spg

  1. Philadelphia 76ers (Preseason 5)

Current Record: 2-1

Standing in Conference: 4th

Team Player of the Week: Joel Embiid- 28.3ppg, 2.7apg, 10.7rpg, 2.0bpg

  1. Milwaukee Bucks (Preseason 11)

Current Record: 3-0

Standing in Conference: 2nd

Team Player of the Week: Giannis Antetokounmpo- 27.3ppg, 5.7apg, 16.0rpg, 1.3bpg

  1. New Orleans Pelicans (Preseason 19)

Current Record: 2-0

Standing in Conference: 2nd

Team Player of the Week: Anthony Davis- 28.5ppg, 7.0apg, 13.0rpg, 2.5spg, 2.5bpg

  1. Denver Nuggets (Preseason 10)

Current Record: 3-0

Standing in Conference: 1st

Team Player of the Week: Nikola Jokic- 26.3ppg, 7.3apg, 10.3rpg, 1.7spg

  1. Boston Celtics (Preseason 3)

Current Record: 2-2

Standing in Conference: 8th

Team Player of the Week: Jayson Tatum- 17.5ppg, 2.3apg, 10.5rpg, 1.0spg

  1. Toronto Raptors (Preseason 4)

Current Record: 4-0

Standing in Conference: 1st

Team Player of the Week: Kyle Lowry- 21.5ppg, 10.0apg, 3.0rpg, 1.0spg

  1. Golden State Warriors (Preseason 1)

Current Record: 3-1

Standing in Conference: 3rd

Team Player of the Week: Stephen Curry- 30.5ppg, 7.8apg, 5.0rpg, 1.2spg

NBA Power Rankings will be released every Monday during this season. If you have a problem with the rankings, or have a question or comment for Chance Cox, please send him an e-mail or contact him via Twitter.

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Houston Rockets Making Major Push For All-Star Jimmy Butler

Could the Rockets be in talks to bring another star to Houston?

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Houston Rockets have offered four future first-round picks in exchange for Butler in their most recent trade offer.

Yes.

Four first-round picks…

*inserts Shannon Sharpe “woah” gif*

Houston is most likely to offer their unprotected first-round picks in 2019, 2021, 2023 and 2025, to comply with the League’s 7-year rule which allows a team to trade up to 4 first-round draft picks, but those picks have to be given every other year. This offer could really help the Timberwolves’ future alongside their two other young stars: Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.

Through four games this season, Butler has averaged 24.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.5 assists while going 42.9 percent from 3-point land.

Though Rocket fans would like to add Jimmy Buckets today, they may have to wait a bit longer. The Rockets would have to wait until October 31st to complete a deal so they could send Brandon Knight, who was acquired almost two months ago, to the Timberwolves for cap reasons. If the Houston Rockets somehow pull off a deal without giving up a key rotation player from their team (aka Eric Gordon or PJ Tucker) they win this trade 100%. Jimmy Butler is a Top 15 player in the NBA. High first-round draft choices aren’t guaranteed to give you anything. Butler is a proven star in this league, so you pull the trigger now.

The last four first-round picks for the Houston Rockets have been Sam Dekker, Clint Capela, Jeremy Lamb, and Royce White.

Yes, the Royce White who was planning on taking a train to every away game during his NBA career.

You would trade those picks away for Jimmy Butler in a heartbeat.

I know it seems like a ton to give up for a player who may walk in eight months. Maybe not...this team is set to win now. The only thing stopping them is that one team in the Bay. I think adding Jimmy Butler is the equivalent to the Warriors adding Boogie Cousins. So, would you trade four first-round picks for a championship? Who says no? Let’s run it back...

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