The Nets ain't that bad say the first power rankings. Sporting News puts them at #20, NBA.com at #21, ESPN at #22 and SI and USA Today at #23. The NBA's John Schuhmann calls the Wizards' win "encouraging" but the Warriors' loss "a lost opportunity". ESPN's Marc Stein thinks despite the Washington "surprise", Rod Thorn is right to say they're unlikely to make the playoffs. SI's Marty Burns says "they need some time to learn to play together".
- Power Rankings: Lakers Take the Top Spot - John Schuhmann - NBA.com
- NBA Power Rankings - Marc Stein - ESPN
- NBA power rankings: Unbeaten Lakers move to top spot - Chris Colston - USA Today
- Hornets edge Lakers for No. 1 after first week - Marty Burns - Sports Illustrated
- NBA Power Poll: Votes are in, Lakers take top billing - Sean Deveney - The Sporting News