2012 NBA power rankings: Warriors crack top 20

Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE

The 2-1 Warriors are in the NBA's top 20 of this week's Power Rankings, and the Kings are not.

After an entire half-week of NBA action, SB Nation released its first Power Rankings of the season, in a move author Seth Rosenthal admitted was premature but compulsory.

In those rankings he put the Golden State Warriors at No. 18. The Warriors are 2-1 so far this season, including an impressive win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Rosenthal cited the Warriors' bench as one of its strengths, saying a deep roster will help overcome a season-ending knee injury Brandon Rush suffered in Golden State's second game.

The Sacramento Kings came in at No. 27 in SB Nation's rankings. The Kings are in the midst of a 0-3 start in which Rosenthal said the highly regarded frontcourt has been disappointing.

DeMarcus Cousins seems a little disengaged -- I swear every time I switch to the Kings game, Cousins is coiling to fling a jumper off the rim -- and Thomas Robinson's been a bit jittery to start the season.

The Warriors and the Kings play Monday night at 7 p.m. PT. After that, Sacramento plays Rosenthal's last-ranked team, the Detroit Pistons, before hosting his top-ranked team, the San Antonio Spurs.

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