The State of the NBA: Season Opener Power Rankings

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The State of the NBA: Season Opener Power Rankings
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For a while it didn't look like it was going to happen, but even though the NBA season has been shortened to 66 games, fans are still excited for opening day on Christmas.

While children are excited and opening their presents, parents are going to be watching the TV, getting ready for a great slate of games that include the Chicago Bulls vs. Los Angeles Lakers, the Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks and the Miami Heat vs. Dallas Mavericks.

With the NBA season ready to start, there are no shortage of story lines to create drama in the NBA, and one that has been all over the headlines for the last 24 hours has been Kobe Bryant's wrist injury.  He says he will be ready for the season opener against the Bulls.

But the biggest question on everybody's minds heading into the season is the same every year, and that is: who is going to be holding the championship trophy at the end of the NBA Finals?

So let's start by ranking every team and looking at the biggest story that each team has heading into the season.

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