With NBA training camps only a few weeks away, the picture for the 2009-10 NBA season is getting clearer by the day. Here’s a look at the best of the best in the September edition of NBA power rankings:
1. Los Angeles Lakers
The reigning NBA champions are still the best in the league. As long as they stay healthy, Kobe Bryant and the Lakers will be extremely difficult to beat.
2. Cleveland Cavaliers
Although they lost to the Magic last year in the playoffs, in LeBron James the Cavs have the best player in the world. Add Shaquille O’Neal and a few other quality free agents and Cleveland has to be the favorite in the East.
3. Orlando Magic
The Magic made it to the Finals last year and they very well could be better right now. As long as Vince Carter fits in smoothly, the Magic will once again be dangerous.
4. Boston Celtics
Although the Big Three is getting up their in age, the Celtics very well could have another run left in their gas tank. However, for that to happen, Kevin Garnett will need to be healthy.
5. San Antonio Spurs
In the West, the Spurs jumped back near to the top of the conference due to a number of quality offseason moves — namely their trade for Richard Jefferson.