The Chicago Bulls are ranked No. 7 in SB Nation's latest NBA Power Rankings, while the San Antonio Spurs hold onto the top spot.
Chicago is 4-2 on the young season with wins against the Sacramento Kings, Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic and Minnesota Timberwolves. With star point guard Derrick Rose out until at least midseason, the Bulls are winning on the strength of the team as an entire unit instead of one individual. Five players are averaging double-digit points for Chicago and the frontcourt of Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer average 9.2 and 8.3 rebounds per game, respectively.
The bench has also played strong early on. Taj Gibson has averaged more than five rebounds and two blocks in 21 minutes of action per game, with Nate Robinson scoring 11.5 points on 49-percent shooting.
In his power rankings, Seth Rosenthal had the following to say about the Derrick Rose-less Bulls.
Here you have a team that still looks terrifying defensively. Here you have a team now relying heavily on Nate Robinson for offense. Here you have a team that's quietly kind of hilarious and also good, somehow.
The 6-1 Spurs hold the top spot again after a three win week against the likes of the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings and Portland Trail Blazers. The New York Knicks and Memphis Grizzlies round out the top three.