NBA Power Rankings: Where Does Every Team Stand Heading into December?

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NBA Power Rankings: Where Does Every Team Stand Heading into December?
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After so much flux, you wouldn't be crazy to pick Oklahoma City and Miami as the best teams in the league, or at least the teams most likely to face off in the Finals. It takes a while for anything to change in this league. Good teams stay good. Bad teams stay bad, despite the best efforts of the NBA lottery system. 

The league may be a little stagnant because its younger players are struggling to make an impact. Nobody from the 2010 draft has yet to make a substantial impact, for example. Derrick Favors would probably be taken No. 1 if the draft were held again, and he comes off the bench for Utah. John Wall sits sidelined, as his Wizards bumble along to the league's worst record. Greg Monroe has been good offensively, but he's such a defensive cipher that he can't help get Detroit out of the lottery zone. 

As for the younger crop, No. 1 pick Kyrie Irving is hurt, as is No .1 pick Anthony Davis. It's almost as though the Oklahoma City Thunder took this youth rebuilding model and shut the door behind them. Until somebody else figures out how to turn lottery luck into wins, the NBA will more or less look like it does right now. 

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