NBA Power Rankings: Do the Lakers Deserve the Top Seed?

Ethan ArnoldCorrespondent IAugust 19, 2012

LeBron James and the Miami Heat look poised to make another run at an NBA Title in 2013.
LeBron James and the Miami Heat look poised to make another run at an NBA Title in 2013.Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

The 2012-2013 NBA season has already become one of the hottest topics in sports. With the Los Angeles Lakers acquiring players like Steve Nash, Antwan Jamison and Dwight Howard and the Miami Heat picking up Hall of Fame bound sharp shooter, Ray Allen, the league is prime for another spectacular season. With new faces in different places, here is how the preseason power rankings stack up for the upcoming season.


1.) Miami Heat

The Miami Heat silenced their critics last year, bringing an NBA Title to the city of Miami for the first time since 2006. With the addition of Ray Allen, a second straight NBA Title is a very feasible prediction for the 2012-2013 NBA Season.


2.) Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers disappointed in the playoffs last year, losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder. With the realization that Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant aren't getting any younger, General Manager, Mitch Kupchak, and Owner, Jerry Buss, went out and and loaded up on premiere talent. Dwight Howard, Steve Nash and Antwan Jamison should help bring the Los Angeles Lakers back into serious contention for another NBA Title. The big question is: can the grizzled Los Angeles roster remain healthy?


3.) Oklahoma City Thunder

Arguably the most exhilarating team to watch in the NBA, the youthful Oklahoma City Thunder will return next season with a chip on their shoulder. Don't be surprised if Kevin Durant puts together an MVP-like season and earns his first championship ring.


4.) San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs have the perfect combination of young and experienced talent. The combination of Tim Duncan, Danny Green, Patrick Mills and Tony Parker will put the Spurs into legitimate contention for an NBA Title in the 2012-2013 season.


5.) Dallas Mavericks

If the Mavericks were able to acquire point guard Deron Williams, they would have taken the number four spot on the list. The Mavericks still managed to pick up Chris Kaman, a very adequate big man who will help improve the Mavericks rebounding game, an area in which the Mavs struggled at last year.


6.) Chicago Bulls

Even with Derek Rose still recovering from injury, he should be back in the starting lineup by midseason at the latest. With Rose's work ethic, there is no question that he will return as a dominant presence on the court. And when Derek Rose is on the court, the Bulls have the ability to beat anybody.


7.) Brooklyn Nets

The Nets will open their season not in New Jersey this year, but in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Nets were able to re-sign Deron Williams as well as add All-Star Joe Johnson. Brooklyn has plenty of size down low in Kris Humphries, Brook Lopez and Gerald Wallace. Don't be surprised if the Nets are still playing in the later rounds of the 2013 NBA Playoffs.


8.) Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers' young core of Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul should lead them back to the postseason this year. The addition of Lamar Odom will provide the Clippers with a solid player off the bench. 


9.) Boston Celtics

Many are questioning the Celtics ability this year due to the age of some of their key players, but with Rajon Rondo's play-making ability, the Celtics are still a legitimate threat. Rookies Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo could also play significant roles in the upcoming NBA season.


10.) New York Knicks 

The Knicks won't be partaking in any form of Linsanity this year but their team looks to have the talent to do big things in the coming NBA season. The Knicks added Jason Kidd to their roster this past offseason and despite being 39 years of age, Kidd still has the ability to create plays and find the open man.