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NBA Power Rankings: Latest Standings to Kick Off 2013
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Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant

The new year brings promise of new hope.

In Los Angeles, the Clippers' recent 17-game winning streak has their fans hoping for an NBA championship.

Meanwhile, as Eric Gordon returns in New Orleans, the Hornets are just hoping for improvement.

Those same hopes are shared in Dallas and New York, to varying degrees, as Dirk Nowitzki and Amar'e Stoudemire make their respective returns to the lineup.

Derrick Rose could be inching closer to his inevitable return, too, which has his Chicago Bulls team optimistic heading into 2013.

There's been some reshuffling at the bottom end of the power rankings to kick off the new year, but it's still comprised of the same five teams you might expect.

The top-eight spots are not a surprise, either, despite similar movement on that end.

These power rankings are through games played on Jan. 3.

 

*All stats are accurate through Jan. 3.

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