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NBA Power Rankings — Preseason Week 1
Posted By Moke Hamilton On October 9, 2013 @ 2:08 pm In NBA | No Comments
With action tipping off this past Saturday, the NBA’s preseason is officially underway. Derrick Rose and Danny Granger each made their long awaited returns to the court, while we got a stark reminder of the fact that Russell Westbrook will be missing in action for a little while longer. The latter’s Oklahoma City Thunder—live from Istanbul, Turkey—rolled over Istanbul Fenerbahce Ulker, 95-82. Serge Ibaka made the first basket of the season, but without Westbrook, how the Thunder begin the season remains a storyline to watch.
As is, obviously, Rose’s progression as he begins his highly anticipated comeback.
Preseason or not, there are some things to take note of as we inch ever-closer to the commencement of the 2013-14 season and it sure feels good to be back. Though these games do not count for much, they do count for something.
In the first HOOPSWORLD Power Rankings of the NBA Preseason, the NBA’s squads on ranked based on not necessarily on how they have performed in the preseason, but where they are ultimately expected to stand when the smoke clears. The road to the playoffs are quite long, however, and there are bound to be a few surprises along the long.
Can the New Orleans Pelicans make a playoff push? What does the future hold for the Atlanta Hawks?
Time will tell, and so will our weekly power rankings.
Naturally, the defending champion Miami HEAT lead off in the top spot and the San Antonio Spurs are the runner-up. One of New York City’s teams rounds out the top five, but just like the regular season, a shakeup awaits.
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