Power Rankings: Training camp edition

Updated: October 27, 2009, 9:14 AM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

You did it. You made it through the longest 23 weeks on the calendar, all of which began without a fresh batch of NBA Power Rankings.

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The drought ends with our first helping of the new season. Understandably, my rankings find the teams we last saw in the Finals in June -- the new champs from Boston and their old, humbled pals from L.A. -- occupying the top two spots. Our annual training camp edition of the rankings also has been kind to the playoff teams (most notably Houston, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Toronto) that made the biggest offseason upgrades.

For the purposes of review, allow me to pass along my standard reminder that the season's first round of rankings measures each team's standing and outlook heading into camp. It is not -- repeat, not -- a predicted order of finish. How last season ended and how good a team is projected to be in 2008-09 are only part of the equation at this early stage. How each team fared with its summertime dealings factors in as well, along with the usual dash of totally subjective whim from the committee (of one).

The next batch will appear Oct. 27, on the eve of opening night, after all 30 teams have had a month to show us something. You then can click here every Monday throughout the regular season for our human, thoroughly nonautomated pulse take of the league. You can rank the teams yourself or click here to comment on the first set.

Editor's note: Last Week and Record categories are from the final Power Rankings of the 2007-08 regular season.

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