It's tantalizing for any NBA diehard to draw sweeping conclusions about the season after, say, a week-and-a-half of flipping frantically through the nightly smorgasbord of games on League Pass. I understand; I've been there before and have often found myself stepping into that same trap through the early days of the 2013-14 season.
How could you not? Some people (like yours truly) just can't help getting excited about even the smallest samples of pro hoops after months with only the occasional facsimile to quench their collective thirst.
In time, the thrill of watching revamped teams with new faces—like the Phoenix Suns and the New Orleans Pelicans—go toe-to-toe will give way to the imminent realization that most of these fast starts are merely mirages from the remnants of the basketball wasteland known to most as "summer."
This makes trying to accurately rank all 30 teams such a difficult task at this embryonic juncture. So, too, does the general lack of time that teams have spent playing meaningful basketball on camera. Four to six games aren't enough to judge a team's strengths and weaknesses in anything more than a cursory manner.
That needn't stop us from putting together power rankings of some sort, though. Just keep in mind that these rankings will be rather fluid for the first few weeks (when compared to previous editions) until teams have settled more comfortably into their respective niches within the Association's eventual hierarchy.