NBA Power Rankings: Week 1

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2012-13 NBA Power Rankings: Week 1

Power Rankings
Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

The NBA is in its early stages of the 2012-13 season and already things are getting interesting. The Los Angeles Lakers began the season at 1-4 which cause the franchise to fire head coach, Mike Brown.

The New York Knicks stand all alone as the only team unbeaten at 4-0 and the defending NBA Champions, Miami Heat have started the season at 5-2. They are still the clear favorites, I believe, to be very dangerous throughout this long season.

The Oklahoma City Thunder decided to trade their 6th man, James Harden, to the Houston Rockets and right now it seems like the Thunder could have made a mistake. In his debut with the Rockets he scored 37 points and then 45 points the next game.

Then there are the teams on the rise like the Minnesota Timberwolves who are 4-2 to start off this early season. The Memphis Grizzlies is another team on a fast start with a 5-1 record. It may look good right now, but with a long season ahead of them it could be different later on.

Now with the NBA entering its 3rd week of the season it is that time of the year where each site puts up their rankings for each team. It is still early and each of the 30 teams could be jumping dramatically from week to week.

That is what makes it exciting in the NBA and that's anything can happen in a long 82 game season. Players can be injured which causes teams to hit the reverse button. Then there are teams that hit the fast forward button and get on a long win streak. Anything is possible and the way the season is going right now it seems like 2012-13 will be a fun one to watch.

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#30 Detroit Pistons (0-7)

Pistons
Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE

Starting 0-7 could mean that fans of the Detroit Pistons will have a very long season ahead of them. At least the hopes of a #1 draft pick next year could be worth the ride.



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#29 Washington Wizards (0-5)

Wizards
David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

The Washington Wizards are also starting the season winless. Maybe when John Wall and Nene returns they can get on the right track.



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#28 Toronto Raptors (1-5)

Raptors
Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

The Toronto Raptors may have put themselves in a hole. They are looking at 7 road games of 11 to finish up the month of November. The way things are going with them now they could be facing a deeper hole after the end of the month.



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#27 Sacramento Kings (2-5)

Kings
Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

For awhile there the Sacramento Kings had a better record than the Lakers. Not anymore, though. Even with a lot of talent on this team it seems like they will be stuck at the bottom the way they are playing so far.



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#26 Orlando Magic (2-4)

Magic
Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

The beginning of the “Post-Dwight Howard Era” started off great by starting 2-0. However, the Orlando Magic have lost their last four games. There is nothing much to expect from them this year since they are looking to rebuild.



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#25 Charlotte Bobcats (2-3)

Bobcats
Sam Sharpe-US PRESSWIRE

Well, look who is not in last place in the rankings. The Charlotte Bobcats are just 5 wins way from matching their total wins from last year.



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#24 Portland Trail Blazers (2-4)

Blazers
Steve Dykes-US PRESSWIRE

I predicted the Portland Trail Blazers to end the season with the worst record in the West. I could be right with the things have started with Portland.



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#23 Atlanta Hawks (2-3)

Hawks
Kevin Liles-US PRESSWIRE

The Atlanta Hawks may be at 2-3 right now, but that's because the 4 of 5 teams they have played early on were teams that made the post-season last year. Their games this coming week are against teams that were part of the lottery draft, so maybe things will pick up for Atlanta.



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#22 Cleveland Cavaliers (2-5)

Cavs
Eric P. Mull-US PRESSWIRE

The Cleveland Cavaliers had an impressive win against the Los Angeles Clippers, but with a 2-5 start is not a good way to begin the season. It looks like it could get worse from here as their opponents for this week includes the Brooklyn Nets, Dallas Mavericks, Philadelphia 76ers (twice) and the Miami Heat.



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#21 Indiana Pacers (3-4)

Pacers
Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

It has been a rough start for the Indiana Pacers. Trading Darren Collison could have been a mistake and right now it is showing it.



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#20 Utah Jazz (3-4)

Jazz
Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE

The Utah Jazz may be on the bottom 10, but I really do like what this team has. They can really be a decent bottom seed in the post-season. This week will be a test for them, though, with a 4 game road trip starting in Toronto.



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#19 Milwaukee Bucks (3-2)

Bucks
Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

A good start for the Milwaukee Bucks. They will be put to the test this week when they face the 76ers, Pacers and the New Orleans Hornets. Each of the games could go either way and could show the NBA world where the Bucks really stand.



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#18 Golden State Warriors (3-4)

Warriors
Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

Tough overtime lost against the Denver Nuggets the other night. At least they have a nice week ahead of them only playing two games (Wednesday and Friday).



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#17 Phoenix Suns (3-4)

Suns
Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE

The Phoenix Suns may be 3-4, but those wins came against Charlotte, Cleveland and Detroit. Their next games will be against Denver Nuggets, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers and Miami. It is for sure a tough test ahead of them.



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#16 Brooklyn Nets (3-2)

Nets
Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Are the Nets going to be the same team they had when they were in New Jersey? They should really be 0-5, but the three wins came against Toronto and Orlando(twice).



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#15 Boston Celtics (3-3)

Celtics
Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

It's early, but the Boston Celtics are struggling early in this young NBA season. Not having Ray Allen has been showing, but I believe that they will turn it around soon.



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#14 New Orleans Hornets (3-2)

Hornets
Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

“Fear the brow” may be on hold for a little while, but when Anthony Davis returned on Friday it may not be long before everyone starts fearing.



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#13 Houston Rockets (3-3)

Rockets
Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

Trading for Harden may have been great for the Rockets. Only time will tell if it works out for them. At least for now it seems like that they are geniuses for making that trade.



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#12 Dallas Mavericks (4-3)

Mavs
Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Dallas fall to 4-3 to begin the season with their last two loses coming from former Mavericks. They face another former Mav on Monday night when they host J.J. Barea and the Timberwolves



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#11 Denver Nuggets (4-3)

Nuggets
Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

The Nuggets have won 3 out of their last 4 games. A sign for things to come? Probably. I still believe that Andre Iguodala is the missing piece for this Denver team.



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#10 Los Angeles Lakers (3-4)

Lakers
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

No Mike Brown and no Phil Jackson, so the Lakers hire Mike D'Antoni as their next head coach. Is it a good choice? I know for a fact that if the Lakers end up winning most of their games in the coming weeks then look out! LA winning the Championship talk will be back on.



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#9 Minnesota Timberwolves (4-2)

Wolves
Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

I believe that Minnesota is on a great path right now. They are 4-2 without Kevin Love. Just wait until he returns and the West may need to watch out for these young 'Wolves.



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#8 Philadelphia 76ers (4-2)

Sixers
Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

A great road trip for this Sixers team by sweeping their 3-game road trip. Guess what? That's without Andrew Bynum.



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#7 Memphis Grizzlies (5-1)

Grizzlies
Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE

After their season opener lost to the Clippers they have been on a role. They have won five straight games and the most recent win coming against the Heat.



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#6 Chicago Bulls (4-2)

Bulls
Eric P. Mull-US PRESSWIRE

The Derrick Rose'less Chicago Bulls are on a nice start. However, after Monday's night game against the Celtics they begin a 5-game road trip. Let's see if this team can stay on top of their division after the trip.



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#5 Los Angeles Clippers (5-2)

Clippers
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Winning games against the Lakers, Grizzlies and the San Antonio Spurs are great way to start off the season. The Clippers were my pre-season pick to come out of the West this year and as of right now I am pretty happy with my pick.



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#4 Miami Heat (5-2)

Heat
Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE

The Heat would have been on the top 3 of the rankings, but loses to New York and Memphis bumped them to #4. However, this team has LeBron James, so I am not worry about this team at all from falling far in the East.



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#3 Oklahoma City Thunder (5-2)

Thunder
Mark D. Smith-US PRESSWIRE

After a 1-2 start everybody thought that trading Harden was a horrible mistake. Since then they have won 4 straight games. The defending Western Conference Champions are looking good early in this NBA season.



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#2 New York Knicks (4-0)

Knicks
Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Who would have thought the Knicks would be undefeated? Granted that they have played fewer games than any team in the NBA right now it is still an impressive start. However, they begin a 3-game road trip and the last two are against San Antonio and Memphis. Lets see how far their undefeated streak continues.



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#1 San Antonio Spurs (6-1)

Spurs
Steve Dykes-US PRESSWIRE

When are the Spurs not on top of the Rankings? They are always a team that is very hard to beat during the regular season. They have won their last 16 of 17 games going back to the end of the regular season last year. That record will be put to the test when they face the Lakers, Knicks and Clippers in the coming weeks.



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