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SoB NBA Power Rankings: 11-7-10

Chris Paul and the undefeated Hornets are ranked No. 5 this week. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

The 2010-2011 NBA season is nearly two weeks old, which means it’s time for us basketball junkies here at Sports of Boston to bring you the first installment of the SoB NBA Power Rankings.

So, just in case your forgot, here’s how this works:

Our three NBA experts (John Scullane, KC Downey, and myself), have each ranked who we currently think are the top 10 NBA squads. The teams are ranked according to a very simple point-system. Teams receiving a first place vote earn 10 points, a second place vote is worth nine points, a third place vote eight points, and so on. In the event of a tie, preference is given to the team with the best winning percentage.

In this week’s rankings, the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers were unanimously voted the best team in the NBA by our experts. The undefeated Atlanta Hawks sit at No.2, trailing the Lakers by five points, followed by defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics at No. 3, and the star-studded Miami Heat in the No. 4 position.

The surprising red-hot New Orleans Hornets round out the top five, followed by the Trailblazers, Magic, Spurs, Mavericks, and Warriors.

Rank (points) Team Record Comment
1 (30) Los Angeles Lakers 6-0 Right now, Kobe Bryant and the “Zen Master” Phil Jackson are the NBA’s version of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick—very difficult to beat. (John)
2 (25) Atlanta Hawks 6-0 Forward Josh Smith is averaging 4.17 blocks per game. (Andrew)
3 (23) Boston Celtics 5-1 Rajon Rondo is just a 75% FT percentage away from being a top 5 player in the NBA. (KC)
4 (23) Miami Heat 5-2 The Heat have been rolling since opening night. (John)
5 (16) New Orleans Hornets 6-0 With a motivated Chris Paul, the Hornets are that other undefeated team. (KC)
6 (15) Portland Trailblazers 5-2 If Brandon Roy stays healthy the Blazers can challenge the Lakers in the West. (Andrew)
7 (11) Orlando Magic 4-1 Only five games in, it’s tough to judge the Magic, except to say the East may be better than the West this year. (KC)
8 (6) San Antonio Spurs 4-1 With Tim Duncan still running up and down the court, the Spurs should make the playoffs yet again, but how far can they go this time? (John)
9 (6) Dallas Mavericks 3-2 The addition of Tyson Chandler has given the Mavs much-needed depth at the center position. (Andrew)
10 (5) Golden State Warriors 4-1 The only challenge for the Warriors so far has been the Lakers, and that’s hardly condemnable. (John)

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