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October 26, 2013
Preseason NBA Power Rankings: It starts in Miami and ends in Philly

Here's my first crack at ranking the 30 NBA teams throughout the season.

And luckily for everyone, my opinion has no bearing on what happens in real life.

1. Miami Heat: Health, a little luck and LeBron James could be enough for a third consecutive NBA Championship.
2. San Antonio Spurs: A run at a title will depend on Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard leading the charge.
3. Indiana Pacers: Pushed the Heat to the limit in the playoffs behind emerging star Paul George.
4. Oklahoma City Thunder: A nod to the greatness of Kevin Durant if he can overcome an unproven bench and no Russell Westbrook to start the season.
5. Los Angeles Clippers: Doc Rivers on the sidelines and improving DeAndre Jordan could lead to a championship.
6. Chicago Bulls: Derrick Rose is back and 100 percent healthy to remind us he's a former league MVP.
7. Memphis Grizzlies: Just how big of a loss will Lionel Hollins as coach be this season?
8. Brooklyn Nets: A team built to win now, but will the large financial investment payoff with Jason Kidd at coach?
9. Golden State Warriors: If Harrison Barnes could be your sixth man, that means you have a great starting lineup.
10. Houston Rockets: Dwight Howard joined the squad, but this is still James Harden's team.
11. Denver Nuggets: Will it be possible to duplicate last season's 57 wins without coach George Karl and Andre Iguodala?
12. New York Knicks: Still trying to make a run behind Carmelo Anthony and other high-priced gambles like Andrea Barngani.
13. Minnesota Timberwolves: The signing of Kevin Martin was one of the best moves of the offseason.
14. Portland Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard will only get better, and the bench is better.
15. Los Angeles Lakers: If Pau Gasol regains his form, the Lakers have enough to fight until Kobe Bryant returns.
16. Washington Wizards: Adding Marcin Gortat should be enough to get the Wizards in the postseason if John Wall is healthy.
17. Dallas Mavericks: Monta Ellis will have to be good to take pressure of Dirk Nowitzki to carry the squad.
18. New Orleans Pelicans: If the young talent buys in, this could be one of the surprise and most exciting teams to watch.
19. Detroit Pistons: How the frontcourt of Josh Smith, Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe operates will be worth following.
20. Cleveland Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving is already an All Star, and adding Jarrett Jack will only help him.
21. Sacramento Kings: DeMarcus Cousins might be the best center in the NBA by the end of the season.
22. Utah Jazz: Look for Derrick Favors to show why he was so highly thought of out of Georgia Tech in 2010.
23. Atlanta Hawks: Retaining Jeff Teague was smart, but Dennis Schroeder is their point guard of the future.
24. Boston Celtics: Even when Rajon Rondo is healthy it will be a struggle this season.
25. Toronto Raptors: Will Rudy Gay shake the knock of being an overpaid player without All-Star credentials?
26. Charlotte Bobcats: Al Jefferson will help with the lack of post scoring, but there's still a lot of improvement needed.
27. Milwaukee Bucks: Larry Sanders is a nice player to have as part of the foundation, but what else is in place?
28. Orlando Magic: Center Nikola Vucevic was one of the best young players in the NBA last season.
29. Phoenix Suns: It's all about collecting draft picks, shedding big contracts and developing rookie center Alex Len.
30. Philadelphia 76ers: The leaders to have the best chance to draft Andrew Wiggins in 2014.



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