10) Los Angeles Lakers (6-4)
The frontline of Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum are imposing, but can Kobe Bryant’s wrist hold up the entire season?
9) Indiana Pacers (6-2)
The Pacers have been dominating their opponents on the glass giving them more opportunities.
8) Denver Nuggets (6-3)
I wonder what this team would be like if J.R. Smith, Wilson Chandler and Kenyon Martin weren’t held hostage in China.
7) San Antonio Spurs (6-3)
With Manu Ginobili going down, Richard Jefferson, Gary Neal and Danny Green have been able to pick up the slack. How long can they hold up?
6) Atlanta Hawks (6-3)
It’s hard to get a grip on this team with their early ups and downs. They’re still mentally weak.
5) Orlando Magic (6-3)
As long as Dwight Howard is on the roster, the Magic will always be contenders.
4) Portland Trail Blazers (5-2)
The Blazers already have impressive wins over the Lakers, Nuggets and Thunder early in the season.
3) Oklahoma City Thunder (8-2)
Will Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook be able to co-exist the entire season?
2) Chicago Bulls (7-2)
With the league’s top defense and point guard Derick Rose; this team is always going to be a challenge.
1) Miami Heat (8-1)
Even though Dwayne Wade and LeBron James are banged up, this team has enough depth to recover. Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole have been both great thus far.
It’s still way too early to find the true identities of each team but it’s safe to say Miami is clearly the favorite right now. The Mavs are still celebrating their 2011 NBA Title and Boston’s age is catching up to them. On the other hand, Chicago isn’t to far behind.