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Updated: November 4th, 2013 1:53pm
After starting 3-0, Wolves vault up national media NBA power rankings

After starting 3-0, Wolves vault up national media NBA power rankings

by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com
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The Wolves have started 3-0, the team's longest undefeated start to a season since 2001-02.

High-scoring offense and incapable defense was supposed to be commonplace this season for  the Wolves. Instead, Corey Brewer and the Wolves limited Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony in back-to-back games to remain unbeaten.

National media is already taking notice.

Yahoo! Sports has moved the Wolves up nine spaces from their ranking last week. They're now No. 4 in their rankings, compiled by Marc Spears. But his rankings lose a little credibility for having the Philadelphia 76ers rated No. 1 overall.

Here's what Spears had to say about the Wolves:

(3-0; last week's ranking: 13): The undefeated Wolves showed strong signs that they're capable of making the postseason for the first time since 2004. Kevin Love is healthy and averaging 29.6 points and 14.6 rebounds.

The 76ers jumped from No. 30 to No. 1 in his rankings on the strength of a 3-0 stretch to start the season, including wins over Chicago and Miami. But we think power rankings should be about the best teams going forward, and it's clear to most that is not what Philadelphia will be.

ESPN.com also rated the Wolves highly, No. 3 overall, up nine spots from No. 12 a week ago. The list, compiled by Marc Stein, looks like more of a who's who among the NBA's elite: Indiana, Houston, Minnesota, San Antonio, Miami, Oklahoma City, L.A. Clippers, Golden State, Chicago.

Here's what Stein had to say about the Wolves.

No one was going to deny the Sixers their highly improbable Team of the Week honors, but the Wolves showed us glimpses of the potential we've been talking about for ages by clamping down on Durant and Melo to secure the best start in 'Sota since a KG-led pack of Wolves opened up 6-0.

Personally, I think that's a little too bullish on the Wolves. They've a top-10 team at this point, but late game fades characterized by a weak second unit doesn't illustrate staying power with the NBA's very best.

Where do you think the Wolves should be rated?

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
Email Derek | @DerekWetmore
In this story: Corey Brewer, Kevin Love
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