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JordansBulls
09-24-2010, 01:14 PM
http://espn.go.com/nba/powerrankings




1 (4) Lakers 57-25 There will be the usual fretting about Bynum's health, but the champs have a better roster than last season's, Phil Jackson under contract for one more year and a healthy cushion on the competition in the West. Life is grand.
2 (13) Heat 47-35 After a haul to rival Jerry West's Shaq/Kobe platter in 1996, those Heat Hater taunts of yore won't be exclusively directed here. Too many haters to count now that Riles has built a dream team more loathed than L.A.
3 (12) Celtics 50-32 The Celts have succeeded the Spurs as the team you're most afraid to write off no matter how old they are. And they're doing it with a roster concoction so fascinating that the Dos Equis guy should be team spokesman.
4 (2) Magic 59-23 I'm off the Magic's bandwagon, true, but I do still like them. The biggest reason why: All the chirpiness that keeps flying between Orlando and Miami is one of the best subplots of this can't-start-soon-enough season.
5 (16) Bulls 41-41 Put me down as (A) rather impressed by Chicago's salvage signings after it missed out on the big names, (B) picking the Bulls to win their division and (C) firmly in the camp opposed to giving up Noah in a trade for Melo.
6 (11) Thunder 50-32 Any fears Durant might struggle with lofty expectations were obliterated in Istanbul. But he's going to need steady help to cement OKC as the No. 1 threat to L.A. out West. And I'm not completely sold KD's crew is ready.
7 (6) Spurs 50-32 You can safely presume that the Spurs will halt a four-season run in which they've won fewer games than the season before, dropping from 63 W's to 50 in that span. Though No. 2 in the West looks like their ceiling.
8 (7) Mavericks 55-27 The Mavs are still right there with OKC, San Antonio and the rest for the right to be a distant No. 2 in the West ... and still desperately chasing a star sidekick for Nowitzki after a frustrating summer on the trade front.
9 (5) Jazz 53-29 You certainly have the latitude to ask if Big Al can produce for a winning team like he has for lottery-bound squads. Just make sure to tip your cap to the Jazz for responding to Boozer's departure with more spending.
10 (15) Bucks 46-36 Don't be surprised to see/hear folks picking the Bucks to win the Central. Can't go that far until we're sure about Bogut's recovery, but this is a team deserving of coverage/chatter it won't get in the Miami/Boston conference.
11 (8) Trail Blazers 50-32 Seems cruel to point out that Oden has played in only 82 games in his first three seasons. But that's where the conversation has to start (again) because Portland will be a different team if he can ever stay healthy.
12 (3) Suns 54-28 Our Good Ship Nash ticket is a lifetime pass. But even if Hedo pans out we wouldn't dare forecast a repeat of '09-10, when the Suns Cinderella'd their way to the West finals after we were mocked for starting them at No. 10.
13 (18) Rockets 42-40 Reasonable expectations for Yao Ming's latest comeback from a serious foot injury? Hate to be cynical, but seeing what the Rockets eventually do with their decent cache of trade assets is the more interesting question.
14 (10) Hawks 53-29 Don't expect many Monday debates this season about whether the Hawks belong in East elite chatter. With Joe Johnson getting that massive contract but no help up front, they could slip to sixth in the conference.
15 (9) Nuggets 53-29 The Nuggets finished fourth back in August in the Team Turmoil category when ESPN.com polled the whole 93-member staff back in August. Rest assured they'd be a near-unanimous No. 1 now thanks to their Melo drama.
16 (23) Knicks 29-53 MSG didn't crumble when LeBron snubbed NYC for Miami. Yet it would be way more painful for the Knicks to see Melo go elsewhere, since they know Melo, unlike LeBron, badly wants to be a Knick and team up with Amare.
17 (26) 76ers 27-55 No one doubts Doug Collins' ability to mastermind a significant improvement in Year 1. The doubts are still all about the mix of players: Can Elton Brand mesh with Iguodala, Holiday, Thad Young and the rest of the runners?
18 (14) Bobcats 44-38 Reclamation projects Shaun Livingston and Michael Jordan's old pal Kwame Brown will have to be huge successes to offset the letdown of a summer in which the Bobs' biggest achievement was reducing MJ's luxury-tax bill.
19 (22) Hornets 37-45 Melo's uncertain future has overtaken Chris Paul's as this season's LeBron-style obsession. But if the Hornets can't manufacture fast improvement and/or more help for CP3, their turn is coming soon.
20 (19) Grizzlies 40-42 Can Gay justify his max deal? Can Z-Bo repeat his breakout leap to All-Star status? Can the Griz flirt with .500 again with little depth or outside shooting and without the benefit of sneaking up on teams? Skepticism abounds.
21 (24) Wizards 26-56 After one of the most depressing seasons turned in by any team in history, Washington has me way more excited than I should be admitting out loud about its exhibition opener in Dallas on Oct. 5. The John Wall effect!
22 (17) Pacers 32-50 Can't remember the last time Indy had this much to talk about besides Granger: 1. Collison. 2. George. 3. Hibbert. 4. The prospect of a trade or two instead of waiting to see if cap space can lead to a big summer score.
23 (27) Clippers 29-53 It'll take a ROY from a still-eligible Blake Griffin and a mythical Comeback POY from Baron Davis this season to make up for the flushed-with-cash Clips, thanks to the Sterling factor, getting nowhere in free agency.
24 (21) Warriors 26-56 The Cohan regime was so abysmal for so long that the new Lacob/Guber ownership partnership can almost certainly count on a lengthy honeymoon no matter what happens this season. Especially after ousting Nellie.
25 (29) Nets 12-70 If he knew his biggest free-agent score would be Avery Johnson, maybe Prokhorov wouldn't have said all that stuff about getting to the Finals in five years or less. The flip side: Proky's Nets remain firmly in the Melo mix.
26 (25) Pistons 27-55 We'd love to pretend T-Mac's comeback or the next trade of a glory-days holdover -- Rip or Tayshaun -- can keep everyone captivated. But Motown will remain in limbo as a hoops town until this team is sold.
27 (1) Cavaliers 61-21 You know how people say that it takes half as long as the relationship itself for the heartbroken to get over that relationship? Probably not in this case. Who dares to think Clevelanders will be healed 3 1/2 years from now?
28 (20) Raptors 40-42 Something tells me the combo of Hedo's departure and the usual longings here about moving the committee's offices to Toronto won't bring nearly enough comfort to our Canadian friends. Not after L'Affaire Bosh.
29 (28) Kings 25-57 These very young Kings will definitely be bigger with Cousins and Dalembert, but don't bank on anything more than marginally better yet. Tyreke and Cousins, as a franchise duo, have some questions to answer.
30 (30) Timberwolves 15-67 The Wolves did admit in a full-page newspaper ad that competing for a championship this season is on the unlikely side. What they didn't say: It might be 2011 before they match K-Love's 9-win summer with Team USA.

DQL
09-24-2010, 01:22 PM
I need the Wolves to suck hard so their 2011 2nd round pick (which will go to the HEAT) will have (nearly) as much value as HEAT's 1st that was traded away. Who needs 1st round picks :)

ShaqShoes
09-24-2010, 01:26 PM
Bulls at 5th?! Surely the Bulls aren't the 5th best team in the league...

D1JM
09-24-2010, 01:45 PM
Rondo > Rose.

hinrich>rondo

iggypop123
09-24-2010, 01:45 PM
Rondo > Rose.

:laugh:

bodupp311
09-24-2010, 01:45 PM
Two posts in & already *****ing about the Bulls.

Shocking...

nitric
09-24-2010, 01:46 PM
Two posts in & already *****ing about the Bulls.

Shocking...

Neither which are Bulls fans. This forum is obsessed with rose and the Bulls

ShaqShoes
09-24-2010, 01:48 PM
Neither which are Bulls fans. This forum is obsessed with rose and the Bulls
All I think is that they are ranked highly and that is my opinion. You can at least be mature about it and not get pissy when someone has a different opinion than you.

bodupp311
09-24-2010, 02:00 PM
Neither which are Bulls fans. This forum is obsessed with rose and the Bulls

Indeed.

bodupp311
09-24-2010, 02:03 PM
All I think is that they are ranked highly and that is my opinion. You can at least be mature about it and not get pissy when someone has a different opinion than you.

No, you said surely The Bulls arent the 5th best team. Like its ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY NO WAY The Bulls could EVER be the 5th best team. It is TRAINING CAMP POWER RANKINGS, so surely they could be the 5th best team. Or 1st. Or 19th. Or 30th.

DerekRE_3
09-24-2010, 02:09 PM
Kings are too low. Tyreke is too good, and they have too much depth in the frontcourt to be the 2nd worst team in the league.

dnewguy
09-24-2010, 02:10 PM
People need to chill out, the rankings don't mean anything yet.

ShaqShoes
09-24-2010, 02:14 PM
No, you said surely The Bulls arent the 5th best team. Like its ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY NO WAY The Bulls could EVER be the 5th best team. It is TRAINING CAMP POWER RANKINGS, so surely they could be the 5th best team. Or 1st. Or 19th. Or 30th.
:clap: Are you mad? :D

bodupp311
09-24-2010, 02:19 PM
People need to chill out, the rankings don't mean anything yet.

IF you read my post, I basically just said that.

bodupp311
09-24-2010, 02:20 PM
:clap: Are you mad? :D

Actually I am.

My house is a mess.

Damn mad.

ShaqShoes
09-24-2010, 02:21 PM
Actually I am.

My house is a mess.

Damn mad.

Then get off the computer and clean it! :D

Badluck33
09-24-2010, 02:21 PM
I'll be surprised if T-wolves make it past 20 wins.....

COBY KARL
09-24-2010, 02:31 PM
Kings are too low. Tyreke is too good, and they have too much depth in the frontcourt to be the 2nd worst team in the league.

yup i totally agree
they should be up towards the 21 or 20 spot

The Final Boss
09-24-2010, 02:42 PM
Those damn Lakers!! Wait I'm a Lakers fan. And yes I DO LIVE IN LOS ANGELES!!!

RaiderLakersA's
09-24-2010, 02:49 PM
I can't lie: I am more looking forward to seeing the Celtics, Heat, Bulls, Magic, Hawks, and whomever else battle it out in the East than I am to see the Western Conference playoffs. Maybe I'm taking for granted that my Lakers will come out on top in the West no matter what, hence very little drama to look forward to. But in the East, not so. It's anyone's crown for the taking. The Celts are the reigning conference champs, and they're coming back even deeper at some positions. They are not going to give up their Eastern Conference throne without a fight. And it's going to be a bloody one. Can't wait.

Rivera
09-24-2010, 03:02 PM
hinrich>rondo

:facepalm:

Boo2u
09-24-2010, 03:11 PM
Those damn Lakers!! Wait I'm a Lakers fan. And yes I DO LIVE IN LOS ANGELES!!!

Well in that case, my condolences. Twice! :rimshot:

Boo2u
09-24-2010, 03:13 PM
I can't lie: I am more looking forward to seeing the Celtics, Heat, Bulls, Magic, Hawks, and whomever else battle it out in the East than I am to see the Western Conference playoffs. Maybe I'm taking for granted that my Lakers will come out on top in the West no matter what, hence very little drama to look forward to. But in the East, not so. It's anyone's crown for the taking. The Celts are the reigning conference champs, and they're coming back even deeper at some positions. They are not going to give up their Eastern Conference throne without a fight. And it's going to be a bloody one. Can't wait.


I hear you. Whatever team you're a fan of, this Eastern Conference plot line is good for the league because so many fans are tuning in to watch the drama of it all play out.

mjt20mik
09-24-2010, 03:14 PM
hinrich>rondo

Rondo has a ring. What does Hinrich have?

nitric
09-24-2010, 04:15 PM
Rondo has a ring. What does Hinrich have?

Fisher > Rondo

Slimsim
09-24-2010, 04:34 PM
From 23 to 16 not bad NY

justinnum1
09-24-2010, 05:07 PM
I need the Wolves to suck hard so their 2011 2nd round pick (which will go to the HEAT) will have (nearly) as much value as HEAT's 1st that was traded away. Who needs 1st round picks :)

Great point! I would still love to see beasley avg 20/10

WolvesJagsOs
09-24-2010, 05:24 PM
lol. might take until 2011 for the wolves to get 9 wins. These guys are clueless, im sick of the wolves hate, sure, we arent amazing, we area really young, but we should get 20-25 wins this year.

WolvesJagsOs
09-24-2010, 05:26 PM
Great point! I would still love to see beasley avg 20/10

Im thinkin he goes 18/7 if he gets enough minutes, which I think he will.

COBY KARL
09-24-2010, 05:31 PM
Rondo has a ring. What does Hinrich have?

im pretty sure he was joking:facepalm:

bholly
09-24-2010, 09:24 PM
Surprised to see Philly at 17. I'd have ranked them that high, but I thought general consensus on them was lower and that I was just blinded by homerism. Nice to see someone else with some Philly optimism.

JordansBulls
09-25-2010, 04:24 PM
Surprised to see Philly at 17. I'd have ranked them that high, but I thought general consensus on them was lower and that I was just blinded by homerism. Nice to see someone else with some Philly optimism.

What are your thoughts on Iggy this year and Brand?

VinceCarter
09-25-2010, 04:34 PM
Wow the Atlantic division is going to be crazy this season.

ttam68
09-25-2010, 05:53 PM
Overall pretty much how I'd rank them. Bulls a little high. I'd even have to admit my own Sixers are a little high.


What are your thoughts on Iggy this year and Brand?

Iggy will be basically the same guy he's been the last two years, hopefully with added efficiency and without a trade (though other Sixer fans wouldn't mind him leaving.

Brand can hopefully help plug our awful interior defense and provide some size (even though he's 6'8" sadly). Don't expect much improvement. Maybe a 14 and 7 type season, but a larger role due to how pathetically tiny/soft we are up front.

Shahrose
09-25-2010, 06:20 PM
I feel like the Kings are ranked too low =/

Hawkeye15
09-25-2010, 06:25 PM
not sure about the Bulls, they seem a bit high. But its nothing to gripe about, just pointing it out

The_Jamal
09-26-2010, 03:13 AM
Yea, Kings getting **** on here. Reke| DMC and all the youngin's a year older should have us at least 19-21 range

Demon11
09-26-2010, 04:50 AM
So ESPN gives the kings the 3rd best off season of the summer, we weren't even the 29th worst team last year, and we get the 29th spot?

Oh yeah guess we didn't plug our biggest need (interior pressence), oh wait, we did! And got Cousins!

Bah!

JordansBulls
09-26-2010, 08:56 AM
So ESPN gives the kings the 3rd best off season of the summer, we weren't even the 29th worst team last year, and we get the 29th spot?

Oh yeah guess we didn't plug our biggest need (interior pressence), oh wait, we did! And got Cousins!

Bah!

Where you think they should rank?

jerellh528
09-26-2010, 09:26 PM
heat are kinda high

ChI_ShIzzLe
09-26-2010, 09:33 PM
heat are kinda high

:laugh2:

The_Jamal
09-26-2010, 09:35 PM
Where you think they should rank?

Around 19-20. We should be around a 35 win team this year

Hulk6
09-26-2010, 09:38 PM
wizards should be top 16, we will make the playoffs

Kakaroach
09-26-2010, 09:44 PM
Jazz at #9, nice to see their getting at least some respect.

Brooklyn Mets
09-26-2010, 09:56 PM
Knicks at 16.. ill take it

bbcmillionaire
09-26-2010, 10:22 PM
Lmao power rankings change every week for a reason, stop bit***** about the bulls

JordansBulls
09-27-2010, 10:30 AM
I'm actually surprised NBA 2k 11 put the Bulls 4th.

xbrackattackx
09-27-2010, 11:08 AM
Those damn Lakers!! Wait I'm a Lakers fan. And yes I DO LIVE IN LOS ANGELES!!!

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