Power Ranking the NBA's Best Small-Market Teams

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Power Ranking the NBA's Best Small-Market Teams
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Oklahoma City Thunder: the model of small-market success in NBA.

There are 13 NBA teams with metropolitan area populations of less than three million people.

The New York, Los Angeles and Chicago metro markets, by contrast, all feature populations of 9.4 million or more.

With the Knicks, Nets, Lakers, Clippers and Bulls representing the biggest of NBA markets, these teams call home to the smallest.

The Minnesota Timberwolves, however, did get lost in the middle somewhere. Their market size of 3.2 million people did not qualify them for this ranking. 

The biggest metro included is Denver at 2.5 million. 

These small-market teams were then ranked according to their production to date this season along with potential to advance in the playoffs this year.

Franchise history, salary cap flexibility or how I expect these teams to perform in two or three seasons was not factored into this ranking. 

This is a power ranking of the top eight small-market teams at this point in the 2012-13 NBA season.

The five small-market teams who just missed the cut include the Sacramento Kings, Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic, New Orleans Hornets and Charlotte Bobcats.

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