NBA POWER RANKINGS

NBA Basketball Power Rankings

Week 1 Power rankings

Zac Jackson

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Posted February 08, 2011 04:47 PM EST

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Los Angeles Clippers

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Dallas Mavericks

FOX SPORTS NBA POWER RANKINGS

RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

57-25 - 1/7
All the distractions and ceremonies that come with defending a title are things the Lakers have been through before. When the games really count, they still have Kobe Bryant, lots of other big-timers and Phil Jackson.
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2

50-32 - 1/6
They say the right things about the regular season mattering more, but it's all about having fresh legs and healthy stars for another extended postseason run. Tuesday night's opener with the guys below, though, is a really big one.
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3

47-35 - 2/10
Preseason injury scares underlie the biggest concerns with this much-hyped team: lack of depth behind the Big Three, and the ability to handle the pounding they'll take all year long. But LeBron James looks as good as ever, and that's scary no matter who Expand Description
Preseason injury scares underlie the biggest concerns with this much-hyped team: lack of depth behind the Big Three, and the ability to handle the pounding they'll take all year long. But LeBron James looks as good as ever, and that's scary no matter who joins him on the floor.Collapse Description
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4

50-32 - 2/11
The future is now for Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Co. They're not sneaking up on anybody anymore but learned valuable lessons in taking the Lakers to six games last April, lessons that should pay off this winter.
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5

59-23 1 3/11
Preseason counts for absolutely nothing, but the way the Magic rolled through it at least made the rest of the league take notice. If the 3-pointers drop and Dwight Howard keeps improving, this is a legit title contender.
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6

55-27 1 1/10
Disappointing end to last year's postseason should drive Dirk Nowitzki. The Mavs have plenty of talent and an owner who will be aggressive in trying to upgrade it as the season unfolds.
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7

53-29 - 4/26
Yes, they'll miss Carlos Boozer and Kyle Korver. But Deron Williams is a playmaker, Al Jefferson looks to fit and the Jazz enjoy a true home-court advantage. Undefeated preseason means little, but internal hopes are high.
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8

41-41 - 1/10
Boozer and Korver are here, though Boozer is out two months with a mysterious injury. Derrick Rose is here to stay, and Joakim Noah seems poised for his best year yet as well. At full strength the Bulls are very much a contender.
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9

50-32 - 1/10
Always in the mix. Not getting any younger, but bringing in Tiago Splitter and getting healthy give the Spurs a boost. They'll defend, try to keep Tim Duncan fresh and hope to more from Richard Jefferson than they got last year.
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10

42-40 - 10/25
Yao Ming is back in at least a limited role, Luis Scola shined this summer and they'll be aggressive in pursuing further upgrades. Certainly a team to watch to as the season unfolds.
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11

50-32 - 6/16
See above in many ways. Can Greg Oden stay healthy? Is Brandon Roy really elite? This is a veteran group that needs to avoid the injury bug and find the right mix; might also be a team in flux.
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12

46-36 1 12/25
Andrew Bogut was outstanding before his late-season injury, and the team's front office was aggressive in adding veteran presence and scoring in the offseason. A more mature Brandon Jennings has his best basketball in front of him.
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13

54-28 1 10/20
Steve Nash still plays like he's 27, which is why even without Amar'e Stoudemire this deep team is potentially dangerous. They're counting on Hedo Turkoglu to bounce back and Goran Dragic to keep progressing.
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14

53-29 - 9/16
They probably overspent to keep Joe Johnson, but that's a sign the decision-makers like this team's core and are willing to go all-in. They appear to be well behind the East's big boys, however.
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15

53-29 - 6/16
For now they sit at 15 because we aren't quite sure what's going to happen with No. 15, their current franchise player. If Carmelo Anthony stays the Nuggets will be higher, but are they a legitimate Western contender?
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16

40-42 - 8/19
One of three teams to post an unbeaten preseason, the Grizz still have issues to tackle to reach the postseason. But there is enough talent and scoring on the roster to play with almost anybody in the regular season.
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17

37-45 - 3/17
A happy, healthy Chris Paul is obviously the key. A series of moves upgraded his supporting cast on paper, and this team will go as far as Paul takes it. A 1-7 preseason is no real cause for alarm.
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18

29-53 3 15/29
Actual expectations for L.A.'s other team? Yep, Blake Griffin is that good. If Griffin stays healthy and Eric Gordon continues to improve the Clippers will be playoff contenders.
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19

26-56 1 18/30
John Wall is fun. Gilbert Arenas is back -- and he's still Gilbert Arenas. If the young bigs stay healthy and keep improving, this is a team that will score points, win games and flirt with the playoffs.
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20

61-21 1 19/30
Preseason was a good indicator of what's to come. Every outside story revolves around the departed King of The Regular Season, while the current team showed it will sometimes shoot the lights out...and sometimes lose to CSKA Moscow.
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21

29-53 1 10/25
The Knicks are back as a front-page story in the Big Apple, but only because the Yankees are done and the Jets had a bye weekend. Can Amar'e keep them there in the thick of the season if Carmelo doesn't come? Stay tuned.
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22

27-55 - 12/29
Might be a roster in flux, but with Jrue Holliday and Evan Turner in the backcourt it's a team worth watching. Immediate results? Maybe not. But the 76ers should be at least a little better this winter.
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23

44-38 - 18/29
Made the playoffs last year but were quickly dismissed. They'll play good defense, but no major upgrades to the roster indicate a tougher go in the much-tougher East for Larry Brown and Michael Jordan's bunch.
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24

32-50 - 12/25
Busy offseason upgraded the roster, and they'll certainly score points. Still, there's not much that separates them from other middle-of-the-pack East teams unless Tyler Hansbrough and Roy Hibbert take large steps forward.
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25

25-57 - 19/30
An intriguing bunch, and not just because of DeMarcus Cousins. Tyreke Evans is a game-changer and there's plenty of upside on the roster. Maybe enough to make a significant trade and contend for the playoffs? Stay tuned.
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26

26-56 - 17/26
They're still running and gunning, just maybe not as much under Keith Smart. Stephen Curry says his ankle has just a bruise and will be fine; whatever hopes the Warriors might have are counting on it.
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27

27-55 - 19/30
Team seems stuck in the mud and is already fighting the injury bug. Perhaps a big shakeup is coming? Austin Daye will be counted on heavily and post play seems to be a glaring weakness.
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28

12-70 - 21/29
Everything that could have gone wrong last year did. Young building blocks Brook Lopez and Derrick Favors offer hope, and the trade idea for Carmelo Anthony apparently isn't dead. New owner will want his team to chase every opportunity to improve.
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29

15-67 - 23/30
Kevin Love is growing up, Wes Johnson looks ready to contribute and Corey Brewer might be ready to break out as well. But this team is still fighting an uphill battle as far as talent and depth on most nights.
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30

40-42 - 22/30
We saw what happened when Chris Bosh was missing at the end of last regular season. Now that he's gone for good, this team is a long way away from contending and has many more questions than answers.
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