NBA Power Rankings: Top 10 Teams Of the 2010 Postseason
The 2009-2010 NBA regular season consisted of 30 NBA teams, 16 of which entered the playoffs.
You may think that some of my picks are based on other rankings, but I will try to give my honest opinion as best I can.
So here we go in order...
10. Miami Heat
The Miami Heat deserve to be here, and let me tell you why. If you followed the Boston Celtics throughout the entire postseason you'd know that they truly were the second toughest team to beat.
The Celts beat teams ranked above them, but what about a team ranked beneath them? This should have been a sure thing for the Celtics, but with D-Wade nothing is a sure thing.
Taking any game from the Celtics was highly unlikely, but somehow the Heat found a way to do it. To them I say congratulations and you deserve to be here.
9. Milwaukee Bucks
Before any of you say something just think about it.
Okay, the series went to a Game Seven, but the Hawks beat the Bucks, so why is Milwaukee here? Well think! If you take a look at the starting roster you will plainly see that it should have been an easy win for the Hawks. They have Joe Johnson, Jamal Crawford, etc.
Who do the Bucks have? Brandon Jennings? Andrew Bogut? Nope, neither of these guys will do, but somehow they pressured the Hawks to a Game Seven.
8. San Antonio Spurs
I don't think anybody can argue this one. They clearly deserve to be in the top 10. In the east the No. 2 seed (Magic) swept the No. 7 seed (Bobcats) 4-0. But what happened in the west?
The No. 7 seed (Spurs) beat the No. 2 seed (Mavs), and it didn't even take a Game Seven! Looks like one of the greatest of all time (Tim Duncan) still has some kick left in him.
7. Utah Jazz
The Utah Jazz were one of my favorite teams starting the season. I thought they had potential, and during the postseason they showed it!
In the first round they played a team that many considered to be the second best in the west. Some people even thought the Nuggets were better than the Lakers!
However good they were supposed to be, that wasn't the case when an injury-stricken Utah Jazz team showed up to play. The Jazz took the series 4-2, even with one of their starters and key players (Andrei Kirilenko) missing from action.
6. Oklahoma City Thunder
Many people thought that Oklahoma City was the team that pressured the Lakers the most in the postseason, with the exception of the Celtics of course.
I personally am a fan of Kevin Durant and think that he's one of the top five players currently in the NBA. I also dislike the Lakers, and it was a joy to see Durant and the Thunder burn the Lakers and stomp on the ashes in a Game Four blowout.
Even though this series ended in six games it could have easily gone to a Game Seven. Especially when you consider the Lakers beat them by just one point in the decisive game.
The fact we're all forgetting is that the Thunder were the No. 8 seed, and the Lakers were the No. 1 seed!
This young franchise is going to compete for years to come, with Durant being at the center of the action.
5. Cleveland Cavaliers
Even though they are ranked No. 5, their season was disappointing. Many people thought the Cavs would go all the way to win it this year, but that was simply not the case.
The Cavs added some players who were supposed to make the team championship-ready, but instead they just added dead weight. Antawn Jamison didn't perform as they had hoped, and as for Shaq?
Shaq had his day, and that was four years ago. He can't move or perform like he used to, and it's a shame. Mostly because Shaq was one of the all-time greats, and he was one of my favorite players.
4. Orlando Magic
The Magic were simply unbelievable in the beginning of the postseason. Who would have thought that they would start the postseason going 8-0? Many people thought for sure this year would be a repeat and the Magic would go on to the finals again.
It sure seemed like it. Even I thought it was going to happen. They had one of the best rosters in the league, and they proved what they could do with it (even if the Vinsanity project didn't work out as planned).
3. Phoenix Suns
This team didn't even make the playoffs in 2009 and this year they're the No. 3 seed in the West? What happened?!?!
The Suns like to run all over the place. You can't just take an aging, overweight center and expect him to fit in well with the team.
Instead, they got a young center who can run and look what happened! They got into the Western Conference Finals, and showed some serious toughness, I might add.
Steve Nash and his nose wanted to play, and play they did. A 36-year-old Nash went to the playoffs and averaged a double-double (17.8 PPG and 10.1 APG).
Amar'e started out weak but then exploded out of nowhere and helped the Suns stay in the competition.
I personally enjoyed the Suns going that far because they have been my favorite team in the West for the past two years.
2. Los Angeles Lakers
Of course the Lakers. It's next to impossible to make a list like this and not include them.
Kobe and the crew showed up and won their second consecutive title. Not only that, but it was under the exact same circumstances as two years ago when they lost.
They truly came back with revenge. From Ron Artest making a clutch layup to win the game to Kobe dribbling out the final seconds to win No. 5.
1. Boston Celtics
Who expected this? The Boston Celtics in the finals? Especially since they were the No. 4 seed.
They overcame BOTH the teams people said were going to be the Eastern Conference Champions (Magic and Cavaliers).
On top of that they took the Lakers to a staggering Game Seven, which they only lost by four points! The Celtics originally looked too old to compete. Sure they had some fire power but not like they had two years ago. Then on top of that Perkins couldn't be there at times!
The Celtics needed answers, and answers surely came. Rajon Rondo, Glen Davis, and Nate Robinson. Must I say more? All of these players won games for the Celts, but alas, their luck had to run out sooner or later.
They truly shocked the nation and took the east by surprise, and for that I award them the No. 1 spot over the Lakers.