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NBA Week One: S&M Power Poll

November 3, 2010
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We are one week into the NBA season and a lot has gone as we expected. The teams we knew were really good are really good, and the teams we knew were awful, are awful. The 82-0 dream has already died for 27 cities. One week in, there are already only 3 undefeated teams: L.A. Lakers, Atlanta Hawks and the New Orleans Hornets. While it comes as no surprise that the Lakers are undefeated, some may be shocked to see the Hawks and Hornets at 4-0 and 3-0 respectively. However, the Hawks have faced less competition thus far than Marco Rubio saw in his Senatorial run. Expect the Hawks to mirror the candidacy of Christine O’Donnell over the next few months, excitement at first and then the world will find out who they really are and everyone will come to the conclusion that they are unfit to make a run at the title. Expect the Hawks to turn into just another average team as the season progresses. The 0-82 dream though is still alive for the anonymous fans of the Pistons, Clippers, Bobcats, 76ers and Rockets. Yes we can! Below you will find the second edition of the weekly S&M Power Poll put together by Howard the Dunk Kingpin, Andrew Melnick, and myself. The top four teams in the poll have remain unchanged. While there is definitely an argument to move Miami ahead of L.A., Andrew and I both believe that the Lakers should remain up top until Miami defeats them or L.A. begins to show some flaws (other than having Khloe Kardashian courtside). After the Heat so handedly humbled the Magic last Friday, I was tempted to move Orlando down a few spots, but it’s important to remember that while Miami has played 5 games thus far, Orlando has played only two. Let’s let the season play out a little more before making Rand Paul style proclamations.  To view the Week One S&M Power Poll, click “continue reading” below.

S&M Power Poll – Serra S&M Power Poll – Melnick
1 Los Angeles Lakers (1) (4-0)  1 Los Angeles Lakers (1) (4-0) 
2 Miami Heat (2) (4-1)  2 Miami Heat (2) (4-1) 
3 Boston Celtics (3) (3-1)  3 Boston Celtics (3) (3-1) 
4 Orlando Magic (4) (1-1)  4 Orlando Magic (4) (1-1) 
5 Dallas Mavericks (8) (2-1)  5 San Antonio Spurs (5) (2-1) 
6 Oklahoma City Thunder (6) (2-1)  6 Oklahoma City Thunder (6) (2-1) 
7 San Antonio Spurs (5) (2-1)  7 Denver Nuggets (11) (2-1) 
8 Denver Nuggets (11) (2-1)  8 Atlanta Hawks (10) (4-0) 
9 Chicago Bulls (7) (2-1)  9 Portland Trail Blazers (13) (4-1) 
10 Portland Trail Blazers (13) (4-1)  10 New Orleans Hornets (18) (3-0) 
11 New Orleans Hornets (18) (3-0)  11 Dallas Mavericks (8) (2-1) 
12 Utah Jazz (9) (1-2)  12 Chicago Bulls (7) (2-1) 
13 Atlanta Hawks (10) (4-0)  13 Memphis Grizzlies (21) (2-2) 
14 Phoenix Suns (14) (1-2)  14 Utah Jazz (9) (1-2) 
15 Houston Rockets (16) (0-3)  15 Indiana Pacers (19) (2-1) 
16 Memphis Grizzlies (21) (2-2)  16 Milwaukee Bucks (12) (1-3) 
17 Indiana Pacers (19) (2-1)  17 Houston Rockets (16) (0-3) 
18 Milwaukee Bucks (12) (1-3)  18 Phoenix Suns (14) (1-2) 
19 New York Knicks (15) (1-2)  19 Golden State Warriors (24) (2-1) 
20 Golden State Warriors (24) (2-1)  20 Sacramento Kings (26) (3-1) 
21 Sacramento Kings (26) (3-1)  21 New York Knicks (15) (1-2) 
22 Washington Wizards (25) (1-2)  22 New Jersey Nets (22) (2-1) 
23 Philadelphia 76ers (20) (0-4)  23 Cleveland Cavaliers (28) (1-3) 
24 Charlotte Bobcats (17) (0-3)  24 Washington Wizards (25) (1-2) 
25 Los Angeles Clippers (23) (0-4)  25 Charlotte Bobcats (17) (0-3) 
26 Detroit Pistons (27) (0-4)  26 Philadelphia 76ers (20) (0-4) 
27 Minnesota Timberwolves (30) (1-3)  27 Toronto Raptors (29) (1-2) 
28 New Jersey Nets (22) (2-1)  28 Detroit Pistons (27) (0-4) 
29 Cleveland Cavaliers (28) (1-3)  29 Los Angeles Clippers (23) (0-4) 
30 Toronto Raptors (29) (1-2)  30 Minnesota Timberwolves (30) (1-3) 

 

Brian Serra is the founder of MagicBasketballOnline.com.  You can follow/add him on Twitter and on Facebook.

 

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