NBA power rankings: Rockets, Celtics among biggest disappointments at quarter mark

Every NBA team has played roughly ¼ of its schedule, and there's only one way to describe the state of the league: Messy. 

Whether it's Houston and Utah sitting in 13th and 14th place in the Western Conference or Memphis having a better record than Boston, these first six weeks have been remarkable. It's still early, and these things usually have a way of correcting themselves, but for now, we're just enjoying the ride.

Below are our power rankings at the quarter-pole of the 2018-19 NBA season — voted on by USA TODAY Sports' Jeff Zillgitt, Martin Rogers and AJ Neuharth-Keusch.

1. Toronto Raptors (18-4) — We expected the Raptors to be near the top of the Eastern Conference, but we didn't expect this. Fueled by the rise of Pascal Siakam, the addition of Kawhi Leonard and the resurgence of Serge Ibaka, the Raptors are off to the best start in franchise history. 

2. Milwaukee Bucks (14-6) — If you haven't hopped on the Bucks' hype train yet, it's time to punch your ticket. The addition of coach Mike Budenholzer has unleashed this team's full potential, and it couldn't be more fun to watch. The Bucks are leading the NBA with 14.6 3-pointers made per game — up from 8.8 last season. 

3. Golden State Warriors (15-7) — Take all of this early-season drama with a grain of salt, because the Warriors, when healthy and firing on all cylinders, are still the massive favorites to take home the title come June. As uncharacteristic as this early stretch has been, the Warriors are riding a three-game winning streak and expect to have Stephen Curry and Draymond Green back on the floor soon.  

4. LA Clippers (13-6) — One of the league's biggest surprises, the star-less Clippers — led by Tobias Harris, Danilo Gallinari and Montrezl Harrell — have been the best team in the Pacific Division, and maybe even the whole Western Conference.

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