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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old September 29th, 2013, 14:00 Thread Starter
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2013 - 2014 Power Rankings

Here is the ESPN power ranking

http://espn.go.com/nba/powerrankings...r/2014/week/-1

1 - Miami Heat

The Heat, with zero financial flexibility, have spruced up the roster as much as they feasibly could have by adding Oden and Beasley. It says here they'll cope just fine with LeBron's looming free agency, too. The real issue is going to be getting out of the East, which is going to be way harder.

2 - Indiana Pacers

I'm super high on Indy and for once it has nothing to do with thoughts of the inimitable shrimp cocktail at St. Elmo's. Sprinkle in Danny Granger and Luis Scola from an upgraded bench with the freshly maxed-out Paul George and playoffs Roy Hibbert and you've got a legit title-contending mix.

3 - Brooklyn Nets

Can J-Kidd coach? Can J-Kidd, with zero experience and facing championship expectations, coach a team that will spend nearly $190 million in salary and luxury taxes this season? I know this much: I've seen J-Kidd, at age 38, guard Kobe and Durant in the playoffs. So I know he won't be scared.


4 - Los Angeles Clippers

The opportunity is there to do something far more significant than worry about the unwinnable battle for L.A. bragging rights with the Lakers. You'd obviously like the Clips' chances better if KG and Pierce arrived in tow with Doc Rivers, but they've got a team now that can win the whole West.



5 - San Antonio Spurs


I've said it a zillion times: Let somebody else write the Spurs off. Yet like everyone else, I do wonder about how they'll bounce back mentally and how they'll physically handle another nine-month grind. Don't forget these guys have actually endured two successive heartbreaking postseasons.

6 - Houston Rockets

Houston won the summer ... or, at worst, shares Best Offseason honors with Brooklyn. They probably need one season together before we really see the Rockets threatening to win the West, but they are also never really done making moves. So stay tuned to see what they get for Asik.



7 - Oklahoma City Thunder


Leaguewide appreciation for Russell Westbrook after the injury misfortune that knocked him out of the playoffs is at an all-time peak. The team outlook, though, seems gloomier than ever since the Thunder landed in OKC, thanks to the limitations of the cast around Durant, Ibaka and Russ.


8 - Chicago Bulls


The respect (fear?) Las Vegas has for Derrick Rose always impresses me. The Bulls' visit to Miami on opening night will mark Rose's first game in 549 days, but you won't find Chicago lower than third or fourth in the Sin City sports books when it comes to ranking 2013-14 championship odds.

9 - Memphis Grizzlies

Of the whopping 13 new coaches in this league, other than Jason Kidd, no one faces more immediate pressure than Dave Joerger. Will be interesting to see how many times Memphis, with the untested Joerger in Lionel Hollins' seat, gets to No. 1 here after topping ESPN's franchise standings.



10 - Golden State Warriors



Yup: I'm one of those worriers who fear the Dubs surrendered too much of their crucial chemistry when they sacrificed Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry to make room for Andre Iguodala. The easiest way for them to shut me up: Andrew Bogut and David Lee making splashy returns from injury.

11 - New York Knicks

Who thinks they're going to win 54 games again? Not I. The top half of the East is significantly more competitive, which means that the Knicks better get something out of Amar'e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani -- as well as Metta World Peace and a full-strength Iman Shumpert -- to keep up.

12 - Atlanta Hawks

For all our giddiness about how good the upper crust of the East can be this season, let's not get carried away. The East's No. 6, No. 7 and No. 8 seeds are up for grabs and the Hawks, just by signing Paul Millsap and Elton Brand on bargain deals to flank Al Horford, should still be a playoff team.

13 - Minnesota Timberwolves

Fearlessly predicting Love, Rubio and Pekovic will log more than the 13 minutes of court time they shared as a trio last season. With Adelman back and Kev Martin/C. Brewer coming in, you'd go ahead and call this a playoff team, too, if you knew the Wolves could finally stay reasonably healthy.

14 - Dallas Mavericks

One of the toughest teams on the board to forecast. For all the justifiable hand-wringing over what Dallas didn't get done in free agency for a second straight summer, you can't ignore that this team went 41-41 last season with Dirk missing 29 games. And the new roster is undeniably stronger.

15 - Portland Trail Blazers

The Blazers insist Lillard, Batum and Aldridge are their core trio. Speculation persists it'll eventually be Lillard, Batum and whatever they get back in an Aldridge trade. What matters most for now is whether they have enough depth around those three to crack the West's top eight. We shall see.

16 - Denver Nuggets

When rankings season ended last April, Denver had been so hot for so long in the spring that it finished a lofty No. 3. You can scarcely recognize this team now with no George Karl, no Andre Iguodala, no Masai Ujiri ... and a roster seemingly destined for the bottom half of the rankings this term.

17 - Washington Wizards

Camp hasn't even started in the nation's capital and already there's an injury (Emeka Okafor's neck) to fill the air with gloom. Maybe John Wall and Bradley Beal can lift it if they start fast and keep blossoming as a tandem, but you can't halt a run of five straight non-playoff seasons without size.

18 - Detroit Pistons


The Pistons only add to that East-is-more-intriguing vibe after importing J-Smoove and B-Jennings to team up with Monroe and Drummond. Just not sure locals who remember the glory days will be satisfied with League Pass Darlings status. Or a coach (Mo Cheeks) no one else was pursuing.

19 - Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavs take a fascinating assemblage of talent into their fourth season post-LeBron. But this is another team that really needs (deserves?) some extended health so we actually get to see how it looks with Kyrie, Waiters, Bennett, T. Thompson, Varejao and Bynum on the same squad.

20 - New Orleans Hornets

The committee (of one) has indeed reached the point where we instinctively say and write Pelicans. Not there yet, though, when it comes to proclaiming New Orleans playoff material. The pieces are undeniably promising but The Unibrow, Jrue, Tyreke & Co. still have a lot of meshing to do.
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21 - Los Angeles Lakers

Sorry, folks. Won't pretend I've got a great fix on this group's ceiling -- since we don't know how soon we'll see Kobe Bryant -- but I ain't buyin' that the Lakers have lost their luster because one marquee free agent jilted them. Get your shots in while you can. Cause (Arnold voice) they'll be back.



22 - Sacramento Kings



How many of you, back in April, thought we'd see the Kings' logo on this list? Five months later? One of their most hated rivals just announced to the world that his new home is "Shaqramento." So before we even get into this season's prospects, let's just let Sac-Town revel in the moment.

23 - Toronto Raptors

This week's announcement that the 2016 All-Star Game is Toronto-bound came as welcome news to your Canada-loving rankings curator. The Raps could make this a lot easier with a return to relevance, but now I'm guaranteed a trip to one of my favorite cities on Earth ... in a mere three-plus years.

24 - Orlando Magic


It's not often that the committee has to rethink things, but initial cool reviews of the Magic's post-Dwight Howard plan might have been premature. GM Hennigan has amassed coveted youngsters (Vucevic, Tobias Harris, Oladipo, Harkless) and managed to sell his fan base on a patient approach.

25 - Utah Jazz


The Jazz have to feel fortunate. They let both of their marquee free agents walk in free agency, have committed to playing kids with Jefferson and Millsap gone and nonetheless appear to have widespread support from their fan base even with lots of losses ahead in the short term. Special.

26 - Milwaukee Bucks

Our own Kevin Arnovitz wrote a comprehensive piece this month explaining why Senator Kohl cannot bear to let the Bucks bottom out in the quest for lottery salvation like the Phoenixes, Orlandos and Phillys of this world. But do you see 'em making the playoffs with the squad they've got?

27 - Boston Celtics

They have to trade Rajon Rondo. You know it, I know it, everyone in basketball knows it. In the interim, though, hats off to Danny Ainge. By hiring Brad Stevens, he's found a way to keep the Celts riveting for the Boston die-hards while he's in the midst of all these tricky rebuilding transactions.


28 - Charlotte Bobcats

They'll only be the Bobcats for one more season, after which we'll see how long it takes us to get used to saying Hornets again. In the meantime: What's with all the Al Jefferson naysayers? His deal is not a crippler. And he's the frontcourt scorer the Bobcats haven't had since they were the Hornets.

29 - Phoenix Suns

The plan, Phoenix insists, is to play Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe together in the backcourt. Which is intriguing enough to get us tuning in -- especially when you throw in Jeff Hornacek as a rookie coach -- even though the same plan calls for stockpiling draft picks and essentially starting over.

30 - Philadelphia 76ers

Philly didn't hire Brett Brown as coach until Aug. 14 and was the first team openly associated with tanking for Andrew Wiggins. None of that will earn the Sixers even one extra pingpong ball, but perhaps we can soften the blow of their consensus No. 30 status by calling them trendsetters?
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Too high: Nets, Clippers
Too low: Bulls

The Pacers are high, but I really like them. I can see them coming out of the East. I am not sold on the Clippers. I have been predicting they would fail everytime since CP3 had arrived, maybe they' ll prove wrong this year, lets see.
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I think thunder are too low as well. Before westbrook injury, it looked like we were heading to okc - heat final again. They had best record in west..and 2nd in all of nba ( 60 win season).
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Definitely I would put OKC above Houston, Clippers and Nets, though I rate the Bulls a little higher. Lakers are out of playoffs for sure, a lot of teams that didn't make the playoffs last year in the west that have been improving in the last years.
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Clippers are massively overrated. They've added shooters to help spread the floor, but they still have Griffin and Jordan as there main big men and there weakness will hold them back. CP3 is not good enough either to hide those weaknesses.

Clippers above Spurs is laughable to be honest.
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awful, awful ratings

Thunder is easily the 2nd title favourite after Heat according to bookmakers. It's not even close.

Bulls are also underrated and Clippers and Nets too high.

Big games are easy than the other games, unfortunately. Every times we have the control the games, under the control the games, during the games we had the some possibilities, some big chances, some big okazyons, something like that but what can I do, sometimes? AndÖ.itís the football, thatís the football, something happened. Everything is something happened. - Fatih Terim
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I wouldn't be surprised if they make these ratings controversial in purpose so people would discuss and link them more.

Big games are easy than the other games, unfortunately. Every times we have the control the games, under the control the games, during the games we had the some possibilities, some big chances, some big okazyons, something like that but what can I do, sometimes? AndÖ.itís the football, thatís the football, something happened. Everything is something happened. - Fatih Terim
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Just saw this, agree with most posters, i just think that Golden State is too low though
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You can check here Jalen rose and bill simmone preview of the season for each team

http://www.youtube.com/user/Grantlan...index=0&view=0


They are at number 8 in the coutdown. Jalen rose is predicting durant goes to houston one day to team up with howard and harden. He also predicted jordan plays one game this year lol.


the ranking till now

9 - golden state warriors
10 - new york knicks
11 - memphis grizzlies
12 - detroit pistons
13 - denver nuggets
14 - dallas mavericks
15 - milwaukee bucks
16 - portland trail blazers
17 - minnesotta timberwolves
18 - los angeles lakers
19 - new orleans pelicans
20 - washington wizards
21 - cleveland cavaliers
22 - atlanta hawks
23 - toronto raptors
24 - boston celtics
25 - sacramento kings
26 - charlotte bobcats
27 - utah jazz
28 - orlando magic
29 - phoenix suns
30 - philadelphia 76ers

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Houston rockets at number 8




JALES Rose thinks howard - asik can play together? I more of a agree with bill simmons though, think from a shooting stand point of view thats disaster.

Also simmons predicts asik trade. I think that would improve houston as well.
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# 9 Golden state warriors preview



#10 new york knicks



# 14 dallas mavericks



# 18 los angeles lakers



#23 toronto raptors



# 24 boston celtics

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Brooklyn Nets at # 7

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OKC 6TH

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Los angeles clippers at 5

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post #16 of 16 (permalink) Old October 28th, 2013, 14:27 Thread Starter
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#1 Chicago Bulls



#2 Miami Heat



# 3 San Antonio Spurs



# 4 INdiana Pacers


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