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Added January 3rd, 2012 by James

NBA Power Rankings: Heat on top with 5-0 record

#1 Miami Heat (5-0)

The defending Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat have been as advertised so far this season with Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James firing on all cylinders to start the season. With five straight wins and vastly improved play on both ends of the court, the Heat look like the cream of the crop in the NBA and without a doubt the best team in the East thus far.

#2 Chicago Bulls (4-1)

In the season opener against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center, the Chicago Bulls struggled to keep up with Kobe Bryant and company and looked flawed right out of the gate. Fortunately, the Bulls got the one-point in win over the Lakers and got started on the right foot. Despite the good start, the Warriors proved to be too much in the following game.

With the loss to the Warriors behind them, Derrick Rose and the Bulls have now gotten out to an impressive 4-1 start to the season and look just as good if not better than last season’s squad.

#3 Oklahoma City Thunder (5-0)

In my opinion, the Oklahoma City Thunder is the best team in the NBA this season. Not only do they have arguably the best all-around player in scoring machine Kevin Durant, but they have one of the most talented young rosters in the league that was seemingly built to contend for titles for the next decade.

As long as Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook see eye-to-eye, the Thunder could be the team to beat in the West this season.

#4 Denver Nuggets (3-2)

After the Carmelo Anthony trade last season, a lot of people wrote the Denver Nuggets off as a team that would have to rebuild and as a result become a perennial bottom feeder once again.

Fortunately, that just hasn’t been the case as the Nuggets have actually gotten better without Melo and look like a force to be reckoned with in the Western Conference this season. With a lot of talented players and no real superstar, the Nuggets could fly under the radar and surprise a lot of people this season.

#5 Orlando Magic (4-1)

With all the Dwight Howard trade rumors swirling around the NBA, the consensus was that the Orlando Magic would be awful this season and lack chemistry. Despite the trade rumors, Howard has played well to start the season and has helped his team to a 4-1 record.

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