POWER RANKINGS *Preview edition*

Here it is folks, the much anticipated rankings of all your favourite teams, we welcome comments and feedback of course. I may upset some with this but remember this is pre tip off and therefore I have taken last seasons playoffs into consideration and the James Harden trade has been factored in. Here Goes……

THE CONTENDERS

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1. Miami Heat

The Champions top this list as they are favourites to repeat after The MVP and his Heatles look as strong as ever. Adding Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis show that the Heat will be able to knock down the open looks they get from a more relaxed point forward Lebron.

2. Oklahoma City Thunder
Losing Harden is big but Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are bigger reasons this team can contend again. They already have the Big 3 with Ibaka and are almost unstoppable when KD35 and Westbrook are getting 20+shots each.

3. San Antonio Spurs
Overlooked, too old, not enough star power. This is what is written about Coach Pop’s men every year but no sane person can argue with what they did last year and the fact that they have had 13 straight 50+ win seasons in a row.

4. Los Angeles Lakers
I know, I know. They added Dwight and Nash. They should make the finals but after getting man-handled by the Thunder last season and having not played a regular season game together. Oh and they went 0-8 in pre-season which I too read too much into but at this moment in time there are too many questions to put this team higher than 4.

5. Boston Celtics
The Green should contend again but I feel that they may struggle to cope with Lebron, Wade and Bosh in the playoffs…again. However adding the JET, having Jeff green back and the ever improving and reliable supporting cast of Bass, Bradley and the cerebral rook Sulinger should keep the Celts in the hunt. Also look out for an MVP type Year from Rondo.

THE PRETENDERS

6. Denver Nuggets

7. Indiana Pacers

8. Philadelphia 76ers

9. Los Angeles Clippers

10. Chicago Bulls

11. Memphis Grizzlies

12. New York Knicks

IN THE HUNT FOR THE PLAYOFFS

13. Brooklyn Nets

14. Atlanta Hawks

15. Minnesota Timberwolves

16. Houston Rockets

17. Golden State Warriors

18. Utah Jazz

19. Milwaukee Bucks

20. Dallas Mavericks

THE REST

21. New Orleans Hornets

22. Sacramento Kings

23. Detroit Pistons

24. Portland Trailblazers

25. Washington Wizards

26. Phoenix Suns

27. Cleveland Cavaliers

28. Toronto Raptors

29. Orlando Magic

30. Charlotte Bobcats

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