The latest ESPN NBA power rankings from Marc Stein are out and the Denver Nuggets are the No. 3 team in this set. This represents a five-spot jump from last week, and it includes a move ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Only the Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat are ahead of the Nuggets. As Stein writes:
They're a win in Sacramento away from a 5-0 road trip and sport the league's third-best record at 30-12 since the Melo trade last February.
And those two teams with a better record than the Nuggets? The Bulls and the Thunder. Oklahoma City fell two spots from No. 2 to No. 4 largely as a result of its loss to the Washington Wizards. That's the 2-15 Wizards, worst in the league.