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NBA Power Rankings: Week 1

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NBA Power Rankings: Week 1
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First, an explanation.

I'm ranking NBA teams based on how they will perform in the regular season, not in the playoffs. There is certainly a difference, as those who watched Bulls-Heat in 2011 or Cavs-Celtics in 2010 can attest. Certain depth-laden teams will win more regular season games than top-heavy squads that are better suited for the playoffs.

So, without giving that much away, don't be all that surprised if the Lakers are lower than you might expect, or if the Nuggets are higher.

Just know that the regular season is different from the postseason. Also know that, between a massive James Harden trade and huge Los Angeles talent haul, we should be in for a fantastic 82 games. 

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