Power Rankings: Bulls rule regular-season roost

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The Bulls are at least a year away from winning an NBA championship, but that shouldn't keep the great sports fans of Chicago from celebrating.

That's because the Bulls already have wrapped up two titles this season: The prestigious No. 1 ranking in the final CBSSports.com NBA Power Rankings and our Most Surprising Team of 2010-11.

Offseason pickup Carlos Boozer is a big reason the Bulls are making noise going into the playoffs. (Getty Images)  
Offseason pickup Carlos Boozer is a big reason the Bulls are making noise going into the playoffs. (Getty Images)  
Both choices were borderline no-brainers.

No team enters the playoffs hotter than the Bulls, who have marched up the Power Rankings by winning 19 of their past 21 games.

Second in the ratings last week, the Bulls got help moving to the top. While they were beating Boston and Orlando during a 4-0 run, the Lakers were extending their losing streak to five, which prompted a three-notch drop in the final rankings.

The Bulls and Knicks, two teams that fell far short of lofty goals in the free-agent frenzy last summer, wound up being the season's biggest surprises.

The Bulls, 14th in the initial ratings, soared to the top thanks in large part to the magnet they had hoped would attract free-agent talent to Chicago -- Derrick Rose. The free agent the Bulls did land, Carlos Boozer, also helped.

The Knicks also far exceeded expectations -- although not to the Bulls' extent -- as a result of their Plan B: Amare Stoudemire. The in-season acquisition of Carmelo Anthony also is finally starting to pan out.

Here are the final CBSSports.com NBA Power Rankings for 2010-11:

RANK TEAM MOVE (LW)
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