Preseason games have begun across the NBA, so the regular season is right around the corner.
With that in mind it is time for me to unveil my first NBA Power Rankings of the 2013-14 season.
For the time being I have broken things up by conference. Today we start with the Eastern Conference, which promises to be loaded at the top.
Can anyone unseat the defending back-to-back champs? Let’s take a look.
15. Philadelphia 76ers: Are the Sixers tanking it to get the best shot at Andrew Wiggins next year? Maybe, maybe not, but the one clear thing is that Philadelphia could be the worst team in the NBA this season. I love the additions of youngsters Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams among other youngsters brought in this season. Those moves will pay off in a big way in the long term, but there will be some serious growing pains this year.
14. Boston Celtics: So how long until Rajon Rondo gets traded? Danny Ainge has to move Rondo to get enough pieces back to get the Celtics competitive in the not-so-near future. Whether he does or not, new Celtics’ head coach Brad Stevens certainly has his hands full.
13. Charlotte Bobcats: The Bobcats added Al Jefferson to not only give them a major free agent, but the low-post scorer they have badly needed. They have a couple key pieces in place with Kemba Walker and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, but still have a lot of holes to fill. Reaching on Cody Zeller with the No. 4 pick in the draft certainly didn’t help.
12. Milwaukee Bucks: With the loss of Brandon Jennings, J.J. Redick and others, this Bucks team has taken a big step back. They have some up and coming young talent, but it is going to be a while before they are back in playoff contention. Adding the likes of O.J. Mayo and Brandon Knight could possibly keep the Bucks competitive, but they are a team playing for the future and not this season.
11. Orlando Magic: I love what the Magic have done since dealing Dwight Howard. They won’t be a playoff team this year, but they have amassed coveted youngsters (Nikola Vucevic, Tobias Harris, Victor Oladipo, Moe Harkless, etc.). It just goes to show that if you are patient and willing to stick to a plan, the future can be very bright.