With the L.A. Clippers
off to a 13-2 start following their home win Monday night over the Toronto Raptors, could they be the best team in the NBA right now? Doc Rivers' team ranks among the best in the NBA both offensively and defensively, ranking fourth in scoring (109.1 ppg), second in offensive rating (113.2), second in points allowed (95.4 ppg) and first in defensive rating (99.0). With their two losses coming by a total of six points, the Clippers have won road games against Portland, San Antonio and Oklahoma City thus far and they begin a six-game road trip in Denver Wednesday night.
L.A.'s "big three" of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan have led the way, but the strengthening of the bench has paid off as well. Mainstay Jamal Crawford is one of the Clippers' five double-digit scorers, Austin Rivers has been solid off the bench and free agent signings Marreese Speights and Raymond Felton have also performed well. To be able to go to the reserves and not experience much of a drop in production is a luxury that the best teams in the NBA tend to enjoy, and the Clippers are in that category.
The big question is whether or not they'll be able to carry that over into the playoffs and go further than any team in franchise history. Click through to view this week's NBA top ten power rankings, with Utah (ninth) and Portland (eighth) dropping out. (Getty)