NBA Power Rankings: One Week into the 2011-2012 Season

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NBA Power Rankings: One Week into the 2011-2012 Season
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After waiting out an arduous lockout situation, watching greed and vitriol reign supreme, fans and players are finally back to lives including NBA basketball. 

A shortened 66-game season started with a quadruple-header of games on Christmas Day.  We learned that the Miami Heat are back with a vengeance, the Los Angeles Lakers are sputtering without Lamar Odom and the Oklahoma City Thunder seem poised to take over the top spot in the Western Conference with last year's champions, the Dallas Mavericks, struggling to regain their form.

After the first week of the 2011-2012 season, it's certainly too early to predict the 16 teams that will make the playoffs.  But here are my power rankings of every team in the NBA based upon a mixture of their win/loss records, potential and each team's early strength of schedule, over the course of week one.

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