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NBA Power Rankings: A Way Too Early Look at the Top 10 NBA Teams for 2011-12

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NBA Power Rankings: A Way Too Early Look at the Top 10 NBA Teams for 2011-12
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The 2011 NBA Finals have just ended, but it's never too early to look forward to next season.

Assuming the NBA and the Players' Association are able to agree to a new Collective Bargaining Agreement and avoid a lockout, professional basketball will enter a new golden age in 2011-12.

LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade's Miami Heat provide a common enemy for the 29 other teams, with the three superstars bound to start getting better.

That leaves the other stars like Dirk Nowitzki, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose and the Boston Celtics combination of Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett with the tough task of keeping the Heat from reaching the NBA Finals for the second year in a row.

It should be a fun ride. Let's take a look at which teams will be at the top of the heap in the NBA next season.

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