Reading NBA tea leaves in September

Providing accurate Power Rankings at this point in the PRE-SEASON is a perilous exercise. 

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Power Rankings: Training Camp edition

NO. RANK  | Team | Last Season’s W-L Record | Last Season’s Ranking | Improved Ranking This Pre-Season

1 Boston Celtics 66-16 [1] +0
2 LA Lakers 57-25 [2] +0
3 New Orleans Hornets 56-26 [5] +2
4 Houston Rockets 55-27 [6] +2
5 San Antonio Spurs 56-26 [8] +3 **
6 Cleveland Cavaliers 45-37 [15] +9 **
7 Detroit Pistons 59-23 [3] -4 *
8 Philadelphia 76ers 40-42 [13] +5
9 Utah Jazz 54-28 [4] -5 *
10 Toronto Raptors 41-41 [19] +9 **
11 Dallas Mavericks 51-31 [10] -1
12 Phoenix Suns 55-27 [7] -5 *
13 Portland Trailblazers 41-41 [17] +4
14 Orlando Magic 52-30 [11] -3 *
15 Washington Wizards 43-39 [12] -3 *
16 Milwaukee Bucks 26-56 [24] +8
17 Chicago Bulls 33-49 [23] +6
18 Denver Nuggets 50-32 [9] -9
19 LA Clippers 23-59 [29] +10 **
20 G-State Warriors 48-34 [14] -6
21 Charlotte Bobcats 32-50 [21] +0
22 Atlanta Hawks 37-45 [17] -5 *
23 Sacramento Kings 38-44 [16] -7
24 Miami Heat 15-67 [30] +6
25 Indiana Pacers 36-46 [20] -5 *
26 New York Knicks 23-59 [25] -1
27 New Jersey Nets 34-48 [22] -5 *
28 Minnesota Timberwolves 22-60 [28] +0
29 Memphis Grizzlies 22-60 [26] -3
30 Oklahoma Thunder 20-62 [27] -3

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According to these eyes, Marc Stein [ESPN.com] has not perceived accurately what’s in the cupboard, right now, for a number of different teams, in the NBA, for the 2008-2009 season:

Under-rated *
Pistons [-4], Jazz [-5], Suns [-5], Magic [-3], Wizards [-3], Hawks [-5], Pacers [-5] and Nets [-5];

Over-rated **
Clippers [+10], Raptors [+9], Cavaliers [+9] and Spurs [+3].

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Bookmark this page … and, come April 2009, it will be interesting to see which of these teams have performed according to the training camp expectations of a noted ‘NBA Insider’ and which ones have not.

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