NBA Power Rankings: An Early All Star-Break Top Ten

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NBA Power Rankings: An Early All Star-Break Top Ten
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Derrick Rose and Lebron James

Now that Super Bowl XLVI has come to a close and the football season is over, America's attention turns towards the NBA and college basketball.  March Madness will soon be upon us and the NBA Playoffs are not far behind.

NBA teams have already started jockeying for playoff position and it will be a race to the finish.  The Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat are in a slug-fest for first place and they are already setting themselves up for an Eastern Conference Championship to be remembered.

That is, unless Boston has one more left in the tank—or perhaps Indiana, Atlanta or Philadelphia can surprise.

Meanwhile, in the Western Conference, the preseason favorites Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks are off to slow starts, leaving the door open for others to take advantage. 

Will the Durantula finally have his time?  Will the upstart Clippers continue soaring towards the NBA Finals? Or will the San Antonio Spurs win another Championship, sending Tim Duncan and Greg Popovich out with a bang?

Only time will tell, but it's never to early to establish a pecking order.

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