The Minnesota Timberwolves come in at No. 11 in SB Nation's latest NBA power rankings, while the San Antonio Spurs hang onto the top spot.
Minnesota is 4-2 on the young season despite several injuries to key players. Forward Kevin Love is out several more weeks with a broken hand, point guard Ricky Rubio continues to recover after suffering a torn ACL last season and guard Brandon Roy is out with a knee injury. Chase Budinger is the latest member of the the Timberwolves to hit the disabled list, as he will need surgery to repair a torn meniscus he suffered this past weekend against the Chicago Bulls.
Nikola Pekovic and Andrei Kirilenko have led the way for the depleted Timberwolves. Pekovic is averaging 14.5 points and six rebounds through six games, while Kirilenko has tallied 11.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.
SB Nation's Seth Rosenthal had the following to say about the eleventh-ranked T-Wolves and head coach Rick Adelman's ability to find wins in spite of the litany of injuries:
There are no Timberwolves left. Rick Adelman's starting lineup for Minnesota's next game is a wheelbarrow, a desk lamp, two turnips and Andrei Kirilenko. They'll all score in double figures.
The San Antonio Spurs have also taken care of business as usual early on, as they off to a 6-1 record. The New York Knicks and Memphis Grizzlies round out the top three.