Welcome back to our weekly power rankings roundup, a game where everything's (mostly) made up and the points (definitely) don't matter. As in years past, we'll collate perspectives on the Spurs from around the web, put forth our own biased take, and leave it to you to dissect it all in the comments below.
November is the NBA equivalent to the seventh grade: an awkward month where mustachioed early-bloomers share the hallways with falsetto-pitched baby faces. Sure, maturation will come, but it won't always be a pretty process.
Thirteen games in, the Spurs are tied for the league's second-best record and hold the second-best win differential. Golden State is a win away from the best start in league history, the Cavs are clearly the class of the East, and as we near the end of November, we can give thanks this week that the Spurs are still recognized as elite, and that SA's Old Guard don't look so old, after all.
Marc Stein, from ESPN (Spurs rank: 2. Last week's rank: 2)
Going into the New Orleans loss, San Antonio had led for a league-high 79.3 percent of the time in its 11 games to that point, ahead of even the undefeated Dubs. But maybe we should have seen the loss coming, because no team since the start of last season has beaten the Spurs as often as the Pelicans have (four of the last five meetings).
USA Today (Spurs rank: 3. Last week's rank: 3)
Kawhi Leonard is the next unassuming star of the league.
John Schuhmann, NBA.com (Spurs rank: 3. Last week's rank: 3)
The Spurs are good for an inexplicable loss -- like Friday's in New Orleans-- every once in a while. Their defense has been better than their offense, but if Danny Green gets going, they'll rank in the top five on both ends. Among players that took at least 250 shots last season and 100 shots this season, Green has seen the biggest drop-off (-14.8 percent) in effective field goal percentage.
Matt Moore, CBS Sports (Spurs rank: 2. Last week's rank: 2)
After a rough start, the starting unit for San Antonio in their past three games is plus-33.3 per 100 possessions. That's an absurd number. Small sample size, but they're starting to get it together. They're forming Voltron. Why is it we don't get San Antonio-Golden State until January 25, again?
Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated (Spurs rank: 2. Last week's rank: 3)
Consistency. Eight of their 10 wins have been by double-digits, their smallest margin of victory has been eight, and they’re allowing a league-low 91.5 points per game. So…we’ll excuse their 14-point loss to thePelicans.