The top 10 players on ESPN’s Power Rankings are in no position to complain about the way things are going for the Warriors, but they still could see their numbers dip.
As of Monday afternoon, ESPN’s NBA Power Rankings had Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, LeBron Anthony, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony and Kawhi Leonard in the top 15.
The Warriors have dropped down to the 10th spot in the rankings, with Stephen Curry now in the No. 8 spot, the No 18 spot and the No 22 spot.
With the Warriors now at the top of the rankings after three consecutive weeks of the list being out of reach, it would appear that the players are getting a bit of help from the ESPN crew.
However, the Warriors have still been the only team to remain atop the rankings.
The other teams are the Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs, who all dropped down in the ranks after three weeks of ranking at the bottom of the table.
The Thunder, Clippers and Spurs are currently tied for the worst record in the league at 20-55.
The Oklahoma City Clippers are also the only teams in the NBA to have a worse record in their last four games than they did in their first four games.
The Spurs have the worst winning percentage in the West, with a winning percentage of 50.3.
The Clippers, Thunder and Spurs have a winning record in 22 of the last 25 games.
With two teams at the back end of the standings, the NBA is starting to make some of the teams at its top teams more vulnerable to the rest of the league.
While the Warriors continue to climb the rankings despite the teams around them dropping down, the rest have dropped too.
The top 10 teams on the ESPN Power Rankings now have the following teams at their top positions:James Harden, Oklahoma Warriors (12)Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma Thunder (12), Kevin Durant (11), LeBron James (10), LeBron Anthony (9), Carmelo Carmelo (9)Kevin Durant, Oklahoma State Warriors (9))Kevin Durant (9)-(10)Kevin Love (9)(11)Stephen Curry, Oklahoma (9)[Image via Getty]Stephen Curry’s record as a Warrior, as well as his numbers from the last three games, indicate that he is still a top-10 player.
He’s currently averaging 30.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals in the Warriors’ last six games, while shooting 57.4% from the field and 46.3% from three.
Curry has also averaged 14.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.8 steals in his last five games.
Durant is the best player on the team, averaging 21.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 3.0 steals in its last five contests.
Curry is also averaging a league-best 19.1 points, 9.1 rebounds, 6.4 steals and 2 for 8 from three-point range.
Anthony has dropped to the bottom five, with no player in the next two spots in the list, with Kevin Love (5) and Kevin Durant dropping to the fifth spot and six spots respectively.
LeBron James is the last of the three top 10 guys to fall, falling to No. 19 on the list after averaging 21 points, 13 rebounds and 1 steal in his past two games.
Lebron James is averaging 21 in his three games since returning from his knee injury.(Photo via Reuters)LeBron’s numbers are in line with his past performances, where he has averaged 24.9 points, 10.9 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 4.4 turnovers per game since returning to the Cavaliers lineup last season.
Kevin Love is the only other player in a position to fall to the sixth spot on the rankings due to injuries.
He has averaged 16.9, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 7.2 steals in a six-game absence from the court.
Durants injury has not impacted his stats, with the five-time All-Star averaging 21 ppg, 11 rpg, 10 apg, 2 bpg and 1 spg in five games since coming back from the injury.
James Harden is the fifth player in ESPN’s rankings to drop from the list.
The former Oklahoma City MVP, who was traded to the Houston Rockets in the offseason, is averaging 19.3 ppg and 11.2 rpg in his five games back from injury.
Kevin Durant is currently averaging 24.5 ppg in five career games.
James has averaged 22.3 and 13.5 in his previous four games since joining the Warriors.
Leandro Barbosa is the fourth player in this list to drop.
He is averaging 14.0 ppg for the Spurs, but he is also a career 41.5% shooter from the three-pointer.
LeAnthony is currently sitting at 19.0