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    Default ESPN Power Ranking for the 2013-14 NBA Season

    Before I post the link, I want to see everyone's top 16 teams in the NBA.[Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    2013-14 Power Rankings: Training Camp
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    66-16
    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.
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    49-32
    I'm super high on Indy and for once it has nothing to do with thoughts of the inimitable shrimp ****tail 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.
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    49-33
    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.
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    56-26
    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.
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    58-24
    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.
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    45-37
    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.
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    60-22
    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.
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    45-37
    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.
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    56-26
    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[Only registered and activated users can see links. ].
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    47-35
    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.
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    54-28
    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 Stoudemireand Andrea Bargnani -- as well as Metta World Peace and a full-strength Iman Shumpert -- to keep up.
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    44-38
    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.
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    31-51
    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.
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    41-41
    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.
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    33-49
    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.
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    57-25
    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.
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    29-53
    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.
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    29-53
    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.
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    24-58
    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.
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    27-55
    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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    45-37
    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.
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    28-54
    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.
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    34-48
    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.
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    20-62
    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.
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    43-39
    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.
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    38-44
    Our own Kevin Arnovitz wrote a [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]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?
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    41-40
    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.
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    21-61
    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 Hornetsagain. 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.
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    25-57
    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.
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    34-48
    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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    Tier A
    1. Heat
    2. Spurs
    3. Clips

    Tier B
    4. Pacers
    5. Thunder
    6. Rockets

    Tier C
    7. Nyets
    8. Warriors
    9. Knicks
    10. Bulls
    11. Grizzlies
    12. Nuggets

    Tier D
    13. T'Wolves
    14. Pistons(wildcard)
    15. Pelicans(wildcard)

    I can't think of a 16th team....maybe the Hawks?
    Last edited by metrocard; Sep 30, 2013 at 13:02.

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    1.Heat
    2.Pacers
    3.Thunder
    4.Spurs
    5.Rockets
    6.Clippers
    7.Bulls
    8.Nets
    9.Warriors
    10.Grizzlies
    11.Knicks
    12.Hawks
    13.Mavericks
    14.Blazers
    15.Nuggets
    16.Timberwolves

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    Spurs r still 1st place in mine list

    Heat r just lucky winners


    game 6 was just complete luck i know its happned it done its history

    game 7 last mins 2 miss by Duncan which could aslo seal the deal

    Spurs still didnt receiving that they lost finals so any upcoming game vs Heat they will be prepared


    then i can put Indy and Heat with Bulls and Memphis
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    The Pacers are the best team in the league in my opinion going into the season. I don't see the Nets or the Bulls being better than us though.

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    Originally Posted by Rob Low
    The Pacers are the best team in the league in my opinion going into the season. I don't see the Nets or the Bulls being better than us though.
    While I wouldnt put Indiana at the top spot, they are still definitely up there, which sucks for us as I for one cant stand the Pacers.

    I agree with Knicks being better than the Nets. Yeah, obviously Im a little biased being a Knicks fan, but I dont think Pierce has much left and Garnett's health is always in question this far into his career, making the Nets overrated as a paper champion (ala LAL last season) IMO.

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    Originally Posted by PaPZ187
    While I wouldnt put Indiana at the top spot, they are still definitely up there, which sucks for us as I for one cant stand the Pacers.

    I agree with Knicks being better than the Nets. Yeah, obviously Im a little biased being a Knicks fan, but I dont think Pierce has much left and Garnett's health is always in question this far into his career, making the Nets overrated as a paper champion (ala LAL last season) IMO.

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    I will say it again .... HC Jason Kidd has a dynamic winning coaching-staff in KG & Pierce.
    HC Woody had a dynamic winning coaching-staff in the "Old-Heads" that were on the roster lastseason.
    All Woody had to do was give each "Old-Head" a scouting-sheet of the next oponent, an their input lead to a 54 win season.
    Why do u think HC Phil Jax, Pop, Carlyle, and now Spoe all have a few "Old-Heads" on their roster.

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    Lastseason this time in the preseason, I predicted the Knicks winning the Atlantic Division Title ....
    This 2013-14 season Jason Kidd will get that Title again.

    Looking at a few contender-teams schedule to figure out what their record would look like when they win 20 games in 2013-14 season was much easier than the 3 previous season. In Dec/Jan the standing will hold record like this:

    Bulls - 20 -10 (with a healthy Noah/Boo/Deng/Butler/Rose in 30 games)
    Pacers - 20 -11
    Clippers - 20 - 11
    Rockets - 20 - 12
    Brooklyn - 20 - 14

    u dont want my evaluation on HC Woody & ISO-Melo Knicks 20 win record having an easy first-half schedule ..
    Because 20 -18 dont look good for a contender team .. Amare & Kenyon Martin still have not accepted Melo's selfish Ball-Hoggin ways, and JRsmith selfishness only adds to the problem. How valuable is Kenyon Martin? K-Mart played 18 regular season games lastseason, and went 16-2.

    I did not do the Miami Heat schedule bc HC Spoe, Wade, and Lebron trick me bigtime lastseason by waiting to midseason to sign Birdman, to only lose 6 games out of their final 42 games of the regular season. Conspiracy...


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    Pending injuries and maybe some trades along the way, we are a top 10 team. Amar'e needs to step up this season which I think with the addition of Andrea, he will.

    Shump is going to be massive this year. Metta World War will pass on his secrets of perimeter D to the young guy.

    NYC is ours. I too am a little biased but they are old. Yes they have experience but its a long, long season for old legs!

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    thats why i will watch Indy vs Spurs and Memphis instead of comercialized Clippers

    also worth to check Rockets Lin Harden combo with D12 and Parsons.

    Knicks if JR behaviour will be more responsibility he got skills but he dont use them properly well maybe he need POP coaching invidual-separation


    Nets? they still got Lopez for me its really exlellent center. Easy buckets can shot from lot ways ft's blocks
    connect this with D-Will u got there also Jet and will Pierce /Garnett but they will be 4 sure limited
    Gerald and Son of John still scary so i will watch also BKN - Indy
    u have to be aware of BKN coz they can play with Bulls .

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    My top 8 in EAST
    Miami
    Brooklyn
    Chicago
    Indiana
    Knicks
    Detroit
    Atlanta
    Cleveland

    My top-8 in the WEST
    Rockets
    Clippers
    Spurs
    Thunders
    Warriors
    Nuggets
    Grizzles
    Mavs

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    Originally Posted by Kiyaman
    My top 8 in EAST
    Miami
    Brooklyn
    Chicago
    Indiana
    Knicks
    Detroit
    Atlanta
    Cleveland

    My top-8 in the WEST
    Rockets
    Clippers
    Spurs
    Thunders
    Warriors
    Nuggets
    Grizzles
    Mavs
    Cleveland, interesting team.

    No love for the T'Wolves?

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    Originally Posted by metrocard
    Cleveland, interesting team.

    No love for the T'Wolves?

    Why? because HC Rick Adelman had the organization sign his ball-hogger Keven Martin to the team?
    The OKC Thunder thought Keven Martin would give them 60% of what Harden gave to the team, it didnt happen.
    It will be nice to see what Rubio & Barea could get out of Martin & Love this season, I just doubt it will be more than the production of Mavs, Grizz, Nuggets, and Warriors.

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    Originally Posted by Kiyaman
    Why? because HC Rick Adelman had the organization sign his ball-hogger Keven Martin to the team?
    The OKC Thunder thought Keven Martin would give them 60% of what Harden gave to the team, it didnt happen.
    It will be nice to see what Rubio & Barea could get out of Martin & Love this season, I just doubt it will be more than the production of Mavs, Grizz, Nuggets, and Warriors.
    Love have to shoot 50%, less 3's and more work in the post for high percentage shots. Shooting low 40% for a big man...just makes Kevin Love an Antonie Walker with good rebounding.

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    I'm only going Top 4 in each conference based on Contending seeds regular season

    Eastern Conference

    1. Pacers
    2. Brooklyn
    3. Heat
    4. Bulls

    Western Conference

    1. Spurs
    2. Clippers
    3. Rockets
    4. Thunder

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