Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) works around Minnesota Timberwolves guard Patrick Beverley (22) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

The Point God leads the league in assists. Devin Booker is making dagger 3s. Deandre Ayton remains productive on both ends of the floor.

Not much has changed with the Phoenix Suns. Under the steady hand of Chris Paul, they look like a squad that’s capable of making another run to the NBA Finals, and such characteristics of a top contender become much easier to distinguish when a team reels off 10 consecutive victories like Monty Williams’ club has.

Phoenix’s place among the league’s elite is one of the few certainties we can draw just one month into the season. The Suns’ success sure made it easy for our NBA Power Rankings voters to determine who belongs in the second spot after the Golden State Warriors, who made quite the statement in Tuesday’s blowout victory against Kevin Durant and the Nets in Brooklyn.

Let’s dig into the fourth installment of our weekly rankings.

The Top 10

1. Golden State Warriors (12-2, Last week: 1): In the first episode of his new show, Draymond Green warned the rest of the league about the revitalized Dubs, who’ll soon be welcoming back Klay Thompson.

2. Phoenix Suns (11-3, LW: 7t): They’ll face the Warriors twice in four days on Nov. 30 in Phoenix and Dec. 3 in San Francisco. Can’t wait.

3. Chicago Bulls (10-5, LW: 3t): With a roster full of deep Southern California connections, they staked their claim as the best team in Los Angeles after a back-to-back sweep of the Clippers and Lakers.

4t. Brooklyn Nets (11-5, LW: 6): Is Kevin Durant the MVP front-runner? Our crew gave its early season picks on Wednesday.

4t. Utah Jazz (9-5, LW: 2): They’re first in offensive rating (113.0), but they have not found last season’s 3-point stroke, shooting 32.8 percent (23rd in the league) after making 38.9 percent (fourth) in 2020-21.

6. Miami Heat (10-5, LW: 3t): Bam Adebayo is averaging career highs in scoring (19.7), rebounding (11.2) and steals (1.4) and, according to Jimmy Butler, is “one of the biggest reasons why we’re winning.”

7. Washington Wizards (10-4, LW: 7t): Their five-game win streak ended Wednesday in Charlotte, but they still sat atop the Eastern Conference standings going into Thursday’s game in Miami.

8t. Dallas Mavericks (9-5, LW: Not ranked): Sixth man Jalen Brunson’s drive for offseason riches has him averaging a career-best 15.3 points and 5.0 assists.

8t. Los Angeles Clippers (9-5, LW: NR): Without Kawhi Leonard, their blueprint for success is defense and plenty of Paul George, who leads the team in scoring (27.0), rebounding (8.2), assists (5.1) and steals (2.2).

10. Denver Nuggets (9-5, LW: 7t): Nikola Jokic is building quite the resume for an MVP repeat with averages of 26.1 points, 13.8 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.9 blocks — all tops on the team — as he tries to keep Denver afloat until Michael Porter Jr. and Jamal Murray return.

FALLING DOWN: Philadelphia 76ers (8-7, LW: 5), Milwaukee Bucks (7-8, LW: 10).

The Bottom Five

We welcome a new team to this end of the rankings — San Antonio, which has lost three in a row, all against teams in the postseason mix (Mavericks, Lakers, Clippers).

30. Houston Rockets (1-14, Last week: 29): While they wait for movement on the John Wall front, the losses keep piling up with the streak currently at 13.

29. New Orleans Pelicans (2-14, LW: 30): At least they got some good news about Zion Williamson and his rehab from a fractured right foot.

28. Orlando Magic (4-11, LW: 28): They’d be a playoff team if they could only play the Knicks, who are 1-2 against Orlando this season.

27. Detroit Pistons (4-10, LW: 27): They’re 4-5 when No. 1 pick Cade Cunningham has played.

26. San Antonio Spurs (4-10, LW: Not ranked): Even with the mounting losses, Gregg Popovich finds the losing “enjoyable as hell” due to his team’s effort.

MOVING UP: Minnesota Timberwolves (5-9, LW: 26).

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