Week 1 Eastern Conference Power Rankings

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Week 1 Eastern Conference Power Rankings

We're through a week of the season, but already strengths, weaknesses, and major problems are being exposed. This year is going to be a fun one to follow (Records included up to 11/4/09).

The Celtics are the Celtics, the Cavaliers finally have a real inside presence on offense, the Magic are for real, the Heat might be for real, the Hawks are still the same old Hawks and the Bulls are the most fun team to watch in the East (I love Derrick Rose, I admit it).

As a Cavaliers fan (I also admit that), watching the race to see who gets the best lottery pick to run alongside him is really interesting. He's going to New York—I'm calling it that the Knicks are ranked as the 5th best team in the East for the 2011 preseason rankings. The Nets are so awful its tough to watch (remember watching the Nationals all summer, and the Browns and Rams all fall...here we go Nets, here we go).

The Cavaliers finally won a meaningful game against a still Jamison-less (and still an underrated when healthy) Wizards. Which, by the way, is the best rivalry in the East since every member of both organizations truly hold animosity for the other.

Three quick questions—when are the Bobcats going to add that final piece, what happens in Milwaukee when Redd leaves and Jennings is a star, and what were the Pacers thinking in the draft?

It's nice to see 10 Eastern conference teams with a real good chance at playoff basketball. Three of those are true championship contenders, four more have young talent up and down the roster, three more are iffy, and five are just terrible...you know who you are. Sorry for the brutal honesty.

But, it is only week one.

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