NBA Power Rankings: Where Every Team Stands at Midseason Mark

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NBA Power Rankings: Where Every Team Stands at Midseason Mark
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All-Star starters have been announced as the season trundles toward its mid-point. If you need a reminder that the game is a popularity contest and not necessarily a strict honoring of accomplishment, note how the Los Angeles Lakers will boast two All-Star starters in Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard.

The former deserves his starting distinction while the latter most certainly does not. The Lakers aren't alone in presenting a disappointing product to go with two All-Star starters. 

Much as I might want to hypothesize about whether L.A. is the worst team to ever claim two All-Star starters, the Boston Celtics are sending Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo to represent the club in the East's starting lineup. It's not the fault of either player, but Boston could be worse than Los Angeles, once you consider strength of conference and victory margin.

Yesteryear's celebrated teams are having a rough go of it this season.

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