Power Rankings: East making noise

Updated: November 9, 2015, 2:38 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
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Who knew?

Who knew that a Detroit Pistons at Golden State Warriors date in early November would be as must-see as Monday Night Football?

That's suddenly where we are in today's NBA, where Golden State and their fellow NBA Finals participants from Cleveland have vaulted to the top of ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings ... but where the upstart Detroit Pistons are an equally fun story as the scorching hot reigning champs.

Riding the devastating combo of Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson, Detroit is leading an early season Eastern Conference boom that also finds Atlanta and Toronto unexpectedly in our top six. Will it last? Are these just the sort of aberrations that the pre-Thanksgiving rankings tend to spit out? Let's see.

The Pistons will be visiting Oracle Arena on the second night of a back-to-back, so maybe we should be tempering expectations instead of hyping the game up, but the numbers coming from Drummond and Jackson these days means that you have to tune in Monday night when No. 1 plays host to No. 5.

We'll dig even deeper into the typical array of opening month ups and downs in our ladder, as always, via Stein Line Live, with the usual opportunity to comment on this week's 1-to-30 order also below. (Hat tip to ESPN Stats & Information and the Elias Sports Bureau for their ever-helpful dishing of data to assist the Committee of One in our computations.)

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