With preseason basketball starting in about a week, I'm growing antsier every day with the anticipation of the new season. A lot of changes have shifted the power structure in the NBA, so this should be a hugely interesting season.
The twist of this power-ranking article is that every team will be evaluated using the Miami Heat as a measuring stick. The Heat are the defending champs, and until someone proves otherwise, are still the best team in basketball.
I will be power ranking every team as a percentage of the Miami Heat. Therefore, with the Miami Heat being 100 percent, we're going to rank every team as 10 percent as good, 50 percent as good, 90 percent as good and so on.
This is highly unscientific—it's just power ranking with a twist. Don't put too much stock in the percentages, other than how I believe each team stacks up compared to the Heat.