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NBA power rankings: Timberwolves climb to No. 16

The Minnesota Timberwolves come in at No. 16 in SB Nation's latest NBA power rankings as they continue to heal from various injuries.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves come in at No. 16 in Seth Rosenthal's latest NBA power rankings, a two-spot jump following two wins last week.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have dealt with a volume of injuries unlike any other team in the NBA, but continue to climb towards the top of the rankings as they slowly regain health. Kevin Love has returned to old form, averaging 21.2 points and 14.2 rebounds since rejoining the Wolves lineup, and Nikola Pekovic and Andrei Kirilenko have contributed, each averaging more than 12 points and seven rebounds per game.

Rosenthal writes that with guard Ricky Rubio set to return soon, Minnesota's progression should only quicken.

The slightly disorganized Wolves benefited from the return of Andrei Kirilenko's guiding presence on offense (not to mention Kevin Love playing a lot more like himself) in a win over the Cavaliers. They're still not running their sets at maximum effectiveness, but we may be just days away from the return of Ricky Rubio.

At the top of the rankings, Rosenthal's top 10 remained the same with only the order of the teams changing. The San Antonio Spurs held onto the top spot after a perfect, three-win week, while the Oklahoma City Thunder moved up to No. 2, replacing the Memphis Grizzlies.

For the complete NBA power rankings, click here.

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