1. Miami Heat (12-3) - Last time I checked, when two teams are tied with best record in the league, tie-breaker goes to the defending champion. Let’s be honest, it would seem that there is a correlation between LBJ’s hairline receding further and his growth in powers.
2. Oklahoma City Thunder (14-4) – The tiebreaker goes to the team who doesn’t sit out players. They’re the defending Western Conference Champions and if you think that doesn’t mean anything you don’t watch much NBA officiating.
3. San Antonio Spurs (14-4) – There’s something to be said about a team that can send their studs on to the next city before a game is played and still obtain one of the best records in the NBA.
4. Memphis Grizzlies (12-3) – Aren’t they cute? Their fans will complain that they’re only number four, as they’re tied for the best record in the league. Call me in February. That’s all I’ll say.
5. New York Knicks (12-4) – While their record is partly a product of a weak schedule thus far, LaLa Vasquez likes their chances this year. It’s also fun to watch their power-ranking fall as Melo continues to force shots amongst double-teams.
6. Los Angeles Clippers (10-6) – This team has been injury-riddled thus far and still have flown out of the gates at 10-6. As they get healthy, watch them soar up the ranks.
7. Brooklyn Nets (11-5) – You are what your record says you are. A team that’s vastly overachieving in a new city with new uniforms. Good for them.
8. Boston Celtics (9-8) – By default of an extremely top-heavy Eastern Conference, you can’t count out the Celtics. Sorry.
9. Los Angeles Lakers (8-9) – Yes I see the record. But these are called Power Rankings. If we made these by records, we would call them standings. Why not the Golden State Warriors? If you’re willing to bet the Lakers finish behind Golden State, give me a call; I’d like to make a wager.
10. Golden State Warriors (10-6) – For those who don’t think a coach can make a difference in the NBA, I present to you the Warriors. Mark Jackson has this young team playing at the top of their game. While the sky is the limit, the Warriors are still at least a year away.
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