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It’s crowded at the top in this edition of the SoB NBA Power Rankings, and a theme seems to be emerging: if you want to be a dominant team this season, you have to have at least three star players.
The Spurs, Celtics, and Heat all have their own version of a “Big Three,” and as a result, they’ve emerged as the three most dominant teams thus far.
The San Antonio Spurs edged the Boston Celtics for the No. 1 spot with a superior winning percentage, while the streaking Miami Heat took the No. 3 position.
The new-look Orlando Magic, winners of eight consecutive games after acquiring Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu, and Gilbert Arenas in a three-team trade, jumped from No. 10 to No. 5 this week.
The Chicago Bulls continue to hold down the No. 6 spot, while the imploding Los Angeles Lakers fell from No. 4 to No. 7.
The Atlanta Hawks (No. 9) re-appeared in the top 10, momentarily knocking the New York Knicks out of the picture. The Utah Jazz (No. 10) round out the field.
|1 (27)||San Antonio Spurs||30-6||The Spurs lost a close one to the Celtics on Wednesday, but they still own the NBA’s best record. (Andrew Kipp)|
|2 (27)||Boston Celtics||28-7||Rajon Rondo’s return couldn’t have come at a better time for the Celtics, who have gone 4-1 after losing Kevin Garnett to a strained calf. (Andrew Kipp)|
|3 (26)||Miami Heat||29-9||The Heat started the season 9-8, and now are 28-9. Wow. (KC Downey)|
|4 (17)||Dallas Mavericks||26-9||Just when it appeared they were out of it, the Mavs are crawling back into the race in the West. (John Scullane)|
|5 (17)||Orlando Magic||24-12||It looks like the Magic are a deeper team with Gilbert Arenas and Jason Richardson. (KC Downey)|
|6 (17)||Chicago Bulls||23-12||After back-to-back losses to the Nets and Clippers, the Bulls will have a chance to prove they’re a legitimate contender when they host the Celtics on Saturday night. (Andrew Kipp)|
|7 (13)||LA Lakers||26-11||The Lakers have another winning streak going and Phil Jackson can only hope Kobe Bryant will continue to play team basketball for the rest of the season. (John Scullane)|
|8 (8)||OKC Thunder||24-13||The Thunder have the NBA’s leading scorer in Kevin Durant, and an elite point guard in Russell Westbrook, yet it still feels like this team is missing something. (Andrew Kipp)|
|9 (8)||Atlanta Hawks||24-14||Atlanta needs to start showing up against winning teams if they want to be taken seriously. (KC Downey)|
|10 (5)||Utah Jazz||24-13||You may not have noticed, but the Jazz have once again quietly emerged as a dominant team in the West. (KC Downey)|