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Pelicans Power Rankings: Week 3

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1. SBNation by Jason Patt - 15 (Last Week: 18)

Ryan Anderson returned the lineup after missing the first couple of weeks with a broken toe, and the sharpshooting big man made his presence felt in a beat down of the Philadelphia 76ers. In just 27 minutes, Anderson tallied 26 points while knocking down 6-of-10 from beyond the arc.

2. NBA.com by John Schuhmann - 16 (Last Week: 19)

The loss of Greg Stiemsma (out 6-8 weeks with a sprained MCL) will make a bad defense worse, but the addition of Ryan Anderson (who scored 26 points in his debut on Saturday) will make a good offense even better. The Pelicans' ultimate offensive lineup of Jrue Holiday, Eric Gordon, Tyreke Evans, Anderson and Anthony Davis scored 20 points in less than six minutes against the Sixers.

3. ESPN by Marc Stein - 15 (Last Week: 18)

For all the justifiable raves about the big steps Anthony Davis has taken, there's really only one guy on the Pels' roster who can loosen up the D and make The Unibrow's life easier. You saw it Saturday night when Ryan Anderson made his floor-spacing return from a broken toe with six quick 3s against Philly.

4. Yahoo! Sports by Marc J. Spears - 18 (Last Week: 18)

Ryan Anderson scored 26 points, including six 3-pointers, in his return from a broken toe last Saturday against the Sixers.

5. CBS Sports by Matt Moore - 17 (Last Week: 17)

You guys gotta stop. Watching you swing between good and terrible is making me nauseous.

6. USA Today - 18 (Last Week: 13)

Ryan Anderson came back and immediately scored 26 points. They will be able to use him.

7. Bleacher Report by Tyler Conway - 14 (Last Week: 17)

Ryan Anderson's return makes the Pelicans' offense very intriguing. He nailed six three-pointers and produced 26 points in his season debut, guiding his squad to a 135-98 rout over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.

8. Hoops World by Moke Hamilton - 21 (Last Week: 19)

We’d like to see more of the pace, space and speed the Pelicans exhibited in Saturday night’s 135-98 mauling of the Sixers, but such is life with a young team. Anthony Davis (20.9 points, 11 rebounds, 3.6 blocks and 2.1 steals) needs consistent help and Jrue Holiday’s turnovers are still extremely high.

9. Sports Illustrated by Matt Dollinger -20 (Last Week: 19)

In his first game of the season, Ryan Anderson scored 26 points in 26 minutes off the bench to spark New Orleans' blowout of the 76ers. Another key reserve, Tyreke Evans, has produced back-to-back solid games after a rocky start with his new team.

10. ProBasketballTalk by Kurt Helin - 17 (Last Week: 15)

Ryan Anderson returned from his toe injury Saturday night and put up a quick 26 points. It’s easy to see why Rockets fans covet him but this outing showed why New Orleans needs him to space the floor, too.

11. ESPN Hollinger Power Rankings - 15th (Rating: 99.881)

I decided to add the Hollinger Power Rankings so we'll have a purely numerical power rankings. I've always been fond of the HPR because of the uniqueness of the methodology.

It's another confusing week again with some writers getting excited about the arrival of Ryan Anderson (with increase as high as 3) or they're just looking at the results of this week -- which were two horrible losses and one impressive victory. With Ryan Anderson coming back in the fold and two winnable games in the coming week, there's a chance that we can see ALL of this rankings finally agreeing on something. Fingers crossed that Anderson doesn't have any setback in his rehab.