NBA Power Rankings: Separating Contenders from Pretenders

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NBA Power Rankings: Separating Contenders from Pretenders
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Dear reader, I remind you: These Power Rankings reflect which teams are probably best positioned to finish with great regular-season records. Well, that and some other subjective criteria I've thrown in there. 

Anyway, I remind you of this because the NBA is seven-deep right now, an issue that poses challenges for the ranker. With a whopping seven elite teams, it can be difficult to separate any which one from the other in that upper stratum.

As follows, those teams are: the Heat, Grizzlies, Thunder, Spurs, Knicks, Clippers and Lakers. Within that top seven, almost any order can be justified. Outside of that top seven? Well, the line between "playoffs" and "lottery" seems quite thin. 

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