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SoB NBA Power Rankings 1-9-11

The Miami Heat (No. 3), have gone 20-1 after starting the season 9-8. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

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.

Previous Power Rankings: 11/7/10 | 11/30/10 | 12/17/10

Rank (points) Team Record Comment
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)

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