NBA Power Rankings After Debut of Miami Heat, L.A. Lakers and Boston Celtics

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NBA Power Rankings After Debut of Miami Heat, L.A. Lakers and Boston Celtics
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This should be the scene again come mid-June of 2011

Here is a look at the NBA Power Rankings after seeing the Heat, Lakers and Celtics debut last night.

Hard to believe the NBA season is already upon us. Seems it was quite a summer of activity for mostly the wrong reasons following the Lakers' second-consecutive title.

Count me among the doubters that the Miami Heat will ascend to the throne as the supreme team in the league. They showed some mettle tonight trying to come back from a huge deficit in Boston but still came up short.

There are too many question marks with the team and its chemistry—or lack thereof. Talent will only take you so far, and since most of this team was thrown together, I'm very curious how fast it will gel.

On paper, it looks like LeBron, Dwyane and Bosh are the team to beat. And I'm sure they will continue to be the talk of the league, but let's not get too ahead of ourselves.

The Lakers are still the team to beat. Judging from that comeback win against Houston tonight, they are still pretty hungry.

I'll go ahead and make the prediction that Miami won't make it out of the East. I really like Boston and Orlando for very different reasons.

As much as I love Kevin Durant as a player, Oklahoma City still needs to win a playoff series for me to believe in them.

But enough of the season predictions. Let's check out the first of my NBA Power Rankings.

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