Power Rankings: Taking some big sample-size bites

by | CBSSports.com Senior NBA Blogger
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Dirk Nowitzki and Co. are 29th in our rankings, but it's hard to believe they'll reside there for long. (US Presswire)  
Dirk Nowitzki and Co. are 29th in our rankings, but it's hard to believe they'll reside there for long. (US Presswire)  
Updated Dec. 27

The calendar worked out so that we have two nights of games to work off for power rankings. That's it. As a result?

All hell has broken loose.

You can say one win doesn't mean anything, but it means as much as one loss, and the way a few of the teams have lost gives serious questions even if we think they'll recover quickly.

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We're not going to stick with our preseason rankings just because the results in the first two nights were a bit wacky, nor are we going to ignore the Kings knocking off the Lakers, the Raptors looking like a real team or Golden State putting it together. The Mavericks won't be this low, possibly ever again, nor the Bobcats that high, but here's what we've got, on a small sample size and with heavy caveats.

We know the Heat look as good as they could. We know the Mavericks look even worse than the Heat look good. We know the Lakers are a mess without Bynum and that he won't fix all their problems. We know the Bulls look like they could figure everything out but they have a ways to go. We know the Wolves are better than their spot, the Knicks worse, and the Sixers just about right.

Other than that? We're just trying to hold on as the season gets started. With that, here's the buckin' bronco second edition of this year's Power Rankings.

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