ESPN - NBA Basketball Power Rankings - National Basketball Association
John Hollinger says they are #2 behind Boston. His is based on some statistical formula. His rankings are updated daily.
John Hollinger Power Rankings
NBA.com says they are #4 behind San Antonio, Boston, Phoenix.
NBA.COM Power Rankings
At the quarter point of the season and 13 road games it's all well deserved. The coaching has been great, Howard has reached a new level, Nelson is playing up to his new contract, Lewis has created the floor space he was signed to do, and Turkoglu and Bogans have resurrected their careers by playing the smart basketball they were always capable of.
Even the bench is starting to shape up after the Ariza trade. Boston is on pace to wear out their Big 3. Van Gundy is keeping the starting front court minutes in the mid 30's and has added Evans, Redick and a few minutes for Cook to the mix.
Although they haven't won a playoff series since Shaq quit Orlando, this team has a legitimate shot to win the East this year. They need to continue to improve, and learn to beat Detroit. They also have over $10 million worth of expiring contracts to make a February trade.