2010 NBA Power Rankings: With Free Agency Winding Who is on Top

Jon StarSenior Writer IJuly 27, 2010

2010 NBA Power Rankings: With Free Agency Winding Who is on Top

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 17:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts in the second half against the Boston Celtics Game Seven of the 2010 NBA Finals at Staples Center on June 17, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly ackno
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30. Minnesota Timberwolves

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29. Toronto Raptors

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    ATLANTA - DECEMBER 02:  Amir Johnson #15 of the Toronto Raptors against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on December 2, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, Us
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28. Indiana Pacers

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27. New Jersey Nets

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - MARCH 04:  Devin Harris #34 of the New Jersey Nets shoots the ball against The Boston Celtics during their game on March 4th, 2009 at The Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agre
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26. Detroit Pistons

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    AUBURN HILLS, MI - APRIL 24:  Richard Hamilton #32 of the Detroit Pistons gets to the basket while playing the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Apri
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25. Philadelphia 76ers

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    LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 26:  Andre Igoudala #9 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 26, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by do
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24. Cleveland Cavaliers

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    ORLANDO, FL - MAY 30: Mo Williams #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers handles the ball against the Orlando Magic in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2009 Playoffs at Amway Arena on May 30, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User express
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23. Los Angeles Clippers

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    LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 18:  Baron Davis #1 of the Los Angeles Clippers controls the ball against the New Jersey Nets on January 18, 2010 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Clippers won 106-95.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and a
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22. Golden State Warriors

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    OAKLAND, CA - FEBRUARY 19:  Stephen Curry #30 and C.J. Watson #23 of the Golden State Warriors look on against the Utah Jazz during an NBA game at Oracle Arena at Oracle Arena on February 19, 2010 in Oakland, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly ackn
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21. New York Knicks

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    NEW YORK - MARCH 19: Toney Douglas #23 of the New York Knicks celebrates a basket with teammate Danilo Gallinari #8 against the Philadelphia 76ers at Madison Square Garden on March 19, 2010 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and a
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20. Washington Wizards

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    NEW YORK - JUNE 24:  John Wall of Kentucky stands with NBA Commisioner David Stern after being drafted with the first pick by The Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden on June 24, 2010 in New York, New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowl
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    The Wizards got their future franchise player in John Wall with the top overall pick and made a smart trade for Kirk Hinrich. However, they lost sharpshooter Mike Miller to free agency and there is still uncertainty as to what Gilbert Arenas will provide this team.

    The Wizards are putting the pieces in place for future contention, but for now look likely to remain buried in the now much stronger Eastern Conference. 

19. Charlotte Bobcats

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - APRIL 26: Tyrus Thomas #12 of the Charlotte Bobcats reacts after making a basket against the Orlando Magic at Time Warner Cable Arena on April 26, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  The Magic defeated the Bobcats 99-90 to complete the fou
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18. Memphis Grizzlies

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    BOSTON - MARCH 10:  O.J. Mayo #32 of the Memphis Grizzlies celebrates his three point shot in the second half against the Boston Celtics  on March 10, 2010 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Grizzlies defeated the Celtics 111-91. NOTE TO USER:
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17. Sacramento Kings

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    SACRAMENTO, CA - DECEMBER 23:  Tyreke Evans #13 of the Sacramento in action against the Cleveland Cavaliers during an NBA game at ARCO Arena on December 23, 2009 in Sacramento, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by dow
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16. San Antonio Spurs

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    SAN ANTONIO - MAY 09:  Guard Tony Parker #9 of the San Antonio Spurs in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on May 9, 2010 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees t
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15. New Orleans Hornets

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    NEW ORLEANS - MARCH 22:  Chris Paul #3 of the New Orleans Hornets during the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the New Orleans Arena on March 22, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading
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14. Atlanta Hawks

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    ATLANTA - MAY 10:  Josh Smith #5 of the Atlanta Hawks reacts during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs against the Orlando Magic at Philips Arena on May 10, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly ackno
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13. Phoenix Suns

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    PHOENIX - MAY 29:  Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns reacts after a play against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first quarter of Game Six of the Western Conference Finals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at US Airways Center on May 29, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizon
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12. Houston Rockets

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    ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 20:  Luis Scola #4 of the Houston Rockets against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on November 20, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User
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11. Milwaukee Bucks

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    ATLANTA - MAY 2:  Guard Brandon Jennings #3 of the Milwaukee Bucks gets set to shoot a free throw during Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Atlanta Hawks during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on
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10. Dallas Mavericks

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    SAN ANTONIO - APRIL 25:  Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on April 25, 2010 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agre
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9. Utah Jazz

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    SALT LAKE CITY - MAY 10:  Deron Williams #8 of the Utah Jazz in action against the Los Angeles Lakers during Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs on May 10, 2010 at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO
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8. Portland Trail Blazers

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    PHOENIX - APRIL 26:  Brandon Roy #7 of the Portland Trail Blazers handles the ball during Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on April 26, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE
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7. Denver Nuggets

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    SALT LAKE CITY - APRIL 30:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets stands on the court during their game against the Utah Jazz in Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs at EnergySolutions Arena on April 30, 2010 in Sa
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6. Boston Celtics

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5. Chicago Bulls

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    CHICAGO - APRIL 22: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls moves against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 22, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeat
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4. Oklahoma City Thunder

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    OKLAHOMA CITY - APRIL 24: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder celebrates a foul called against the Los Angeles Lakers during Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs on April 24, 2010 at the Ford Center in Oklah
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3. Orlando Magic

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    BOSTON - MAY 28:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic  dunks against the Boston Celtics in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on May 28, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly ackno
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2. Miami Heat

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    MIAMI - JULY 09:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat greets fans as he is introduced during a welcome party at American Airlines Arena on July 9, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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1. Los Angeles Lakers

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 17:  Derek Fisher #2 and Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrate after the Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics 83-79 in Game Seven of the 2010 NBA Finals at Staples Center on June 17, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  NOT
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