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NBA power rankings roundup: balanced Mavericks, plus everyone loves Wes

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The Mavericks fall in most rankings this week, but the rankers still like what they're doing.

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Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Power rankings roundup is back (again!). I promise I'll get better about doing this every week. And, special shoutout to mavsfan! for suggesting some additional rankings to follow in the last edition of this post a couple weeks ago.

You can read the full ranks for any site by clicking "what they said." Dallas appears to have fallen a bit in most rankings, not necessarily due to any fault of their own but more due to Eastern Conference teams being better than expected this early. Nonetheless, most rankers seem to love Wes Matthews and the balance the team has achieved early on. Let us know what you think of their thoughts and ranks in the comments!


This week: 12   Last week: 13

What they said:

You know how much we love the old school plus/minus stat. The one where you subtract home Ls from road Ws to get a better read on how teams are doing so early in the season. We suspect that the Mavs, at the moment, are as fond of that stat as we are, given that they're No. 3 in the West at plus-4, behind only the top two teams in these rankings.

CBS Sports

This week: 10   Last week: 11

What they said:

They've won three of their past five to stabilize. I continue to marvel at how balanced their schedule is. They beat teams under .500 and lose to teams over .500 like clockwork. By the way, Rick Carlisle and Deron Williams getting along swimmingly is a little bit of a plot twist.

This week: 12  Last week: 10

What they said:

Two days after saying that he's "tired of hurting the team, tired of missing shots," Wesley Matthews tied his career high with 36 points (hitting 10 of 17 threes) in Sunday's win in Washington. With Chandler Parsons willingly taking a reserve roll, the Mavs' starting lineup has been the best five-man unit in the league among those that have played at least 100 minutes together, helping them survive a road-heavy stretch of schedule.

Sports Illustrated

This week: 13   Last week: 9

What they said:

Nice to see you, Wesley Matthews. His off-season Achilles surgery brought with it some major shooting woes, but a 36-point breakout with 10 threes against the Wizards has to have everyone feeling good. The Mavs have navigated the earlygoing just fine, and are still nowhere near in peak health.

USA Today*

This week: 12?  Last week: 8?

What they said:

Remember the name Zaza Pachulia

* USA Today, as of this writing, seems to have a sorting issue with their rankings. I'll include the comment I'm pretty sure is actually relevant to the Mavs, but I'm not totally sure if their rankings or comments are what they intended this week as currently published.

NBC Sports

This week: 15   Last week: 8

What they said:

This feels a bit low for them, but the parity out in the East of teams over .500 makes slotting Dallas in challenging. Wes Matthews drained 10 threes in a game Sunday, his shot is back, but understand he's not near as explosive as they had been.