NBA Power Rankings: New year, same No. 1 spot for Golden State

Updated: January 4, 2016, 1:52 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
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It ended with bruised legs that seemed to keep getting kicked as the calendar year wound down, but you figure Stephen Curry is deeply going to miss 2015 after it treated him and the Golden State Warriors so well.

Despite Curry being limited to 14 minutes of court time in the Warriors' past three games, they indeed secured the league's highest-ever winning percentage to take into a new year last week at .938, thanks to a record of 30-2 that has since been hiked to 31-2.

Curry's Dubs also managed to post a record of 72-12 over the past calendar year, good for second all-time behind the 74 wins recorded by the Chicago Bulls in the calendar year of 1996.

So make it 10 consecutive Mondays in the regular season with no change at the top in ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings. On this Rankings Monday, in fact, there is no notable change to report until we get to the No. 5 spot, with consistently inconsistent Chicago currently on an upswing that hikes them a heady eight rungs, placing the Bulls at the top of the league's second tier underneath the widely acknowledged elite foursome of Golden State, San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Cleveland.

Further discussion about the thinking that went into arranging this week's ladder can be found, as always, via Stein Line Live. Profuse thanks to Micah Adams and all of our friends within the NBA wing of ESPN Stats & Information, as well as the Elias Sports Bureau, for the priceless data assistance they provide to help your faithful Committee of One with all of our calculations. You can comment on the latest 1-to-30 order below.

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