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NBA Power Rankings: S&M Power Poll

October 13, 2010



The quest begins.

Welcome to the inaugural release of the Serra-Melnick NBA Power Poll, which will be furthermore known as the S&M Power Poll.  Don’t worry though, we promise to always keep it clean and there will be no safe-word required.  The rankings are a joint collaboration between Howard the Dunk lead blogger Andrew Melnick and myself and will be updated and published weekly throughout the season.  The top four teams will come as no surprise to anyone as the Lakers, Heat, Celtics and Magic lead the way. 

2010-2011 Preseason S&M Power Poll

 
1 Los Angeles Lakers (0-0) 
  Back to back champs. Enough said
2 Miami Heat (0-0) 
  Paper champs. LeBron now has Wade, Bosh and Anthony. Go Canada!
3 Boston Celtics (0-0) 
  The C’s signed a pair of O’Neal’s this offseason. Unfortunately it’s not 2001.
4 Orlando Magic (0-0) 
  Can Dwight Howard’s improved offensive game propel the Magic to the top?
5 San Antonio Spurs (0-0) 
  A healthy Tony Longoria and Manu helps the Spurs back to the top of the West.
6 Oklahoma City Thunder (0-0) 
  OKC and Durant are probably the most fun team in the league to watch outside of Miami.
7 Chicago Bulls (0-0) 
  Boozer’s early injury will be tough, but a much improved bench and improved health make Chicago a force.
8 Dallas Mavericks (0-0) 
  Great regular season team that must put it together in the playoffs. Dirk is still a top 10 player.
9 Utah Jazz (0-0) 
  Key to the season is the health and knees of Al Jefferson. Deron Williams and his hair will be great as always.
10 Atlanta Hawks (0-0) 
  How long will the chemistry last? Prediction: Less than 40 games before Joe Johnson’s contract is mailing it in.
11 Denver Nuggets (0-0) 
  The Melo trade drama will unfortunately engulf a very good team and make them an average team.
12 Milwaukee Bucks (0-0) 
  Fear the Deer is back.  Scoring was upgraded with Corey Maggette now Brandon Jennings must keep growing.
13 Portland Trail Blazers (0-0) 
  Not sure that this team will ever overcome the plateau that they are currently at. B-Roy is not a superstar.
14 Phoenix Suns (0-0) 
  Most underrated subplot of the new season is how the Suns will play all 5 of their Small Forwards.
15 New York Knicks (0-0) 
  Never trust a team that is starting Ronny Turiaf at Center.
16 Houston Rockets (0-0) 
  If Yao can give them 25 minutes a game this year then the Rockets can be a real sleeper. Watch out.
17 Charlotte Bobcats (0-0) 
  Can they overcome the loss of Felton and the demoralizing playoff loss to the Magic? Um. No.
18 New Orleans Hornets (0-0) 
  A weak bench will likely be the undoing of the Hornets this year. CP3 trade rumors could pick back up too.
19 Indiana Pacers (0-0) 
  Darren Collison is a huge upgrade at PG but Josh McRoberts is still starting for this team. That is a problem.
20 Philadelphia 76ers (0-0) 
  Jrue Holiday looked great in summer league but this team still lacks an identity.  Doug Collins should help.
21 Memphis Grizzlies (0-0) 
  The Griz are a PG away from being a playoff team.  
22 New Jersey Nets (0-0) 
  The team is definitely upgraded from last season but to say they are weak defensively, is being kind.
23 Los Angeles Clippers (0-0) 
  X-Factor: Blake Griffin. Will be fighting neck and neck with John Wall and Cousins all season for ROY.
24 Golden State Warriors (0-0) 
  This team is small and has no depth. At least they can shoot!  Let the Jeremy Lin show begin.
25 Washington Wizards (0-0) 
  John Wall and the return of the Hibachi will at least make the team fun to watch.
26 Sacramento Kings (0-0) 
  The Kings might have the worst starting lineup in the league.  Hopefully Tyreke doesn’t go crazy and start tanking.
27 Detroit Pistons (0-0) 
  The Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva contracts will continue to haunt this franchise for many years.
28 Cleveland Cavaliers (0-0) 
  Remove LeBron and insert Jamario Moon. That shouldn’t be that big of a problem…………
29 Toronto Raptors (0-0) 
  Spain, Brazil, Lithuania, Italy and Australia. Five international players on the roster. Which means… LOTTERY.
30 Minnesota Timberwolves (0-0) 
  Kahhhhnnnnnnnnnnnnnn



Brian Serra is a contributing blogger at Howard the Dunk and the founder of MagicBasketballOnline.com.  You can follow/add him on Twitter and on Facebook.

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