FOXSports.com's NBA power rankings
OCT 26, 2012 1:01p ET
1. Heat 0-0 --
Ray Allen isn’t the Ray Allen of three years ago, but he’s better than Mike Miller. Defending champs should be even better.
2. Thunder 0-0 --
In each of past three seasons, Thunder have advanced one round in playoffs. If it happens again, they’ll be champions.
3. Lakers 0-0 --
Now an older team that’s all in for a title right now. But it’s the Lakers’ youngest star ( Dwight Howard) who will likely determine if it happens.
4. Celtics 0-0 --
With additions of Jason Terry and return of Jeff Green, Celtics could actually be improved. And remember, we’re talking about a team that missed the Finals by a game.
5. Pacers 0-0 --
No super-duper All-Star types here. But Pacers are physical, deep and excel at teamwork. They think they’re better than the Heat.
6. Spurs 0-0 --
It’s stylish to write them off as has-beens led by aging star Tim Duncan. But better be careful on that one, kids. Spurs still have time and know-how.
7. Clippers 0-0 --
Full training camp with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin should work wonders. Year of playoff experience won’t hurt, either.
8. 76ers 0-0 --
Andrew Bynum in the middle, a bunch of steady perimeter shooters and an up-and-coming point guard in Jrue Holiday. And when it comes to hunger, Sixers are the Thunder of the East.
9. Nets 0-0 --
Everyone returns, only this time they’re happy and healthy. Should be a fun year in Nets’ new locale.
10. Grizzlies 0-0 --
Most underappreciated team has turned into the Gonzaga of the NBA. Grizzlies seem set for another year of trying to knock off the big boys.
11. Mavericks 0-0 --
Finally possess a decent center to play next to Dirk Nowitzki. But can the injury-prone Chris Kaman ever stay on the floor?
12. Knicks 0-0 --
Oh, Carmelo Anthony, will you ever win big in the NBA? Better at least come close this year or Knicks may move on.
13. Bulls 0-0 --
Just need to stay afloat until Derrick Rose returns. Will that be this season, though? If so, Bulls can dream.
14. Nuggets 0-0 --
George Karl-coached teams are never bad. These Nuggets will be able to say at least that much – and more if Danilo Gallinari and Andre Iguodala have banner years.
15. Jazz 0-0 --
Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap can beat you on any given night. Throw in fact Jazz solid in all areas, and you can think “sleeper.”
16. Timberwolves 0-0 --
Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio need to get, and stay, healthy. After that, the T-Wolves can start talkin’ playoffs.
17. Warriors 0-0 --
Lots of perimeter shooting, decent inside play and plenty of passion. OK, Warriors, show us what it means.
18. Hawks 0-0 --
Traded Joe Johnson, added a bunch of guys who can really shoot. It’s up to Josh Smith and Al Horford now.
19. Trail Blazers 0-0 --
LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard likely to be league’s next dynamic duo. Blazers probably just a year away from very good things.
20. Bucks 0-0 --
Something to be said for staying the course. Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis will keep Bucks in games. Can young frontcourt help finish the job?
21. Hornets 0-0 --
Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon make Hornets worth noting. With a little help, they could climb the charts.
22. Suns 0-0 --
Steve Nash and Grant Hill are gone. Luis Scola and Michael Beasley (and a few others) are in. Names aren’t as fancy, but results should be about the same, maybe even better.
23. Raptors 0-0 --
Andrea Bargnani needs Jonas Valanciunas to become member of all-rookie team. Otherwise, it’ll probably be more of the same.
24. Wizards 0-0 --
Bradley Beal looks like real deal. Rest is up to John Wall and improved frontcourt. Ranked low, but truth is, playoffs may not be out of reach.
25. Cavaliers 0-0 --
Extremely young team must figure out who’s No. 2 option. Either way, Kyrie Irving gives Cavs a chance most nights.
26. Rockets 0-0 --
At the very least, remade Rockets hoping for a little Lin-sanity. That may be all they get in first year of makeover.
27. Pistons 0-0 --
Greg Monroe, Brandon Knight and Andre Drummond provide a potential future Big Three. Key word there, of course, is “future.”
28. Kings 0-0 --
Plenty of young talent, but when will it ever come together? Or will it ever?
29. Bobcats 0-0 --
Addition of a few key veterans and rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist should mean at least twice as many wins as last year. Unfortunately, not even that is much to brag about.
30. Magic 0-0 --
Shouldn’t be a total embarrassment in Year One of the post-Dwight Howard era. Hey, that’s something, right?