The LA Clippers, thanks to an impressive 2-0 start — a season-opening win over the Los Angeles Lakers and a Christmas Day triumph against the Denver Nuggets — might have had the inside track for No. 1 in our latest NBA Power Rankings.
Then Sunday happened.
In a matinee showdown, the Dallas Mavericks built a 50-point halftime lead on the Clippers en route to a 124-73 victory, representing the Clips’ worst loss in team history.
And they weren’t alone during a wild Sunday slate that saw the Milwaukee Bucks lose to the New York Knicks by 20 and the Cleveland Cavaliers take down the Philadelphia 76ers by 24.
So where does that leave us? Here’s where all 30 teams stand one week into the 2020-21 campaign.
Note: Throughout the regular season, our panel (ESPN’s Tim Bontemps, Nick Friedell, Andrew Lopez, Tim MacMahon, Dave McMenamin, Eric Woodyard, Royce Young and Ohm Youngmisuk) is ranking all 30 teams from top to bottom, taking stock of which teams are playing the best basketball now and which teams are looking most like title contenders.