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Power Rankings: Knicks take top spot

1. New York Knicks (4-0)
Carmelo Anthony is absolutely feeling it right now and their dominant victory over the Heat early this season shows they are a clear No. 1. Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd are doing a magical job getting the ball to Melo while also keeping everybody else involved.

2. Miami Heat (5-1)
Coming into the new week their lone loss is to the Knicks just over a week ago but they have beaten their opponents by 15.4 points per game this season as LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh are all averaging over 20 points per game.

3. San Antonio Spurs (6-1)
While Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are still doing tremendous jobs it is the trio of supplementary players Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard and Gary Neal that are determining just how good this team is.

4. Chicago Bulls (4-2)
The Bulls have proven that even without Derrick Rose they are still a great team, mostly because of their dominant defense that has only allowed 88.7 points per game, the fourth fewest in the league.

5. Oklahoma City Thunder (4-2)
Kevin Martin is not quite James Harden off the bench but he is going a phenomenal job providing a spark when he comes into the game while Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook continue to make up one of the best duos in the league.

6. Denver Nuggets (4-3)
Just as expected, this is a team that has no true go-to-scorer, meaning they will keep defenses guessing all game long. So far this season they have eight players averaging at least nine points per game. But what is really carrying this team to wins is their +9 rebounding differential. They lead the league with 52.1 rpg.

7. Philadelphia 76ers (4-2)
What’s scary about the 76ers being this good and having the second-best scoring defense in the league right now is that Andrew Bynum hasn’t even suited up for them yet. Jrue Holiday is pacing the offense and Spencer Hawes is just making is it impossible for teams to score inside.

8. Memphis Grizzlies (4-1)
Rudy Gay and Marc Gasol are doing a great job while Zobo is dominating in the low post, leaging the league with 15 rpg. As long as Mike Conley Jr. stays in his facilitator role the Grizzlies can continue contending with the big boys and even beat top teams.

9. Los Angeles Clippers (4-2)
Move over Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, Jamal Crawford is in town providing a major spark off the bench, leading the team with 21.8 ppg as the Clippers are getting some big wins over some very quality teams. Unfortunately their losses to Golden State and Cleveland, both of which at home, are a bit inexcusable.

11. Boston Celtics (3-3)
Their new big three of Paul Peirce, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo is dominating but their supplementary players need to step up so they can beat some of the top teams in the league.

11. Minnesota Timberwolves (4-2)
No Love, no Rubio, no problems. While two of their wins are against the bottom feeding Kings and Magic they did win by large margins and their wins over the Nets and Pacers are impressive. Nikola Pekovic, Andrei Kirilenko and Chase Budinger are leading the way right now and once Love and Rubio get back this team can be very dangerous.

12. Houston Rockets (3-3)
James Harden is turning into a megastar in Houston now that he has free reign as the No. 1 scoring option while Jeremy Lin is proving that Linsanity was no fluke thing. They need more secondary options to step up but the team is still very good without them.

13. Atlanta Hawkins (2-2)
There should be no surprise that Al Horford and Josh Smith as a solid duo inside and third-year point guard Jeff Teague is having a very productive start of the season but they cannot continue to allow 96.3 points per game unless Teague doesn’t let up.

14. Indiana Pacers (3-4)
Their sixth ranked defense is being wasted because their offense is only ranked 27th, averaging just 90.4 points per game. Paul George needs to cut down on his 3.6 turnovers per game before this team can live up to their ability.

15. Los Angeles Lakers (2-4)
Don’t expect this team to stay down here this long but the start of their season has been disastrous, so disastrous they have already fired their head coach. But that would be for the benefit of this team and when Steve Nash comes back there is plenty of time to get back on track.

16. Brooklyn Nets (2-2)
Nobody denied that is would take time for the Nets to get on the same page and once they settle in together Deron Williams will cut down on his 4.5 turnovers per game and the Nets will do better than just 18th in points per game.

17. Dallas Mavericks (4-3)
Things haven’t been so bad for the Mavericks with Dirk Nowitzki on the sideline as O.J. Mayo has hit everything he has shot up but they have not beaten anybody special. The combined record of the opponents they have beaten is 7-16 (.304). Their defense that is allowing 100.4 points per game is not helping much either.

18. New Orleans Hornets (3-2)
The young Hornets pushed the Spurs to the limit were able to topple the Bulls while guys like Anthony Davis and Al-Faroug Aminu grown before our eyes but it is their third ranked defense that will keep them competitive all season long.

19. Golden State Warriors (3-4)
While they got a huge win over the Clippers on the road they won’t go too far allowing 99.6 points per game.

20. Milwaukee Bucks (3-2)
Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis are working incredibly well together but after those two the Bucks really need somebody else to step up.

21. Sacramento Kings (2-4)
This young team certainly has guys who can come up huge in games but getting them all on the same page at the same time is what they have to keep working on.

22. Utah Jazz (3-4)
They have probably had one of the toughest schedules so far this year but they haven’t looked particularly great playing it so far this year.

23. Portland Trail Blazers (2-4)
In their defense they have had a very tough schedule to start the year and they do have a nice win over the Rockets but otherwise their losses have not been that close. Damian Lillard does look like a serious Rookie of the Year candidate, though.

24. Phoenix Suns (3-4)
Wins over Detroit, Charlotte and Cleveland won’t impress anybody and losses to Golden State at home, Orlando and Utah make it worse.

25. Cleveland Cavaliers (2-4)
Kyrie Irving is a solid ball player but he’ll need a lot more help if the Cavs keep allowing 103 ppg.

26. Charlotte Bobcats (2-3)
Kemba Walker is proving he can play in the NBA but he isn’t proving he can lead a team to a lot of success.

27. Orlando Magic (2-3)
Early wins over Denver and Phoenix have been forgotten by four-straight losses by an average of 17 points.

28. Toronto Raptors (1-5)
Andrea Bargnani, DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowery make up a nice trio of scorers but after those three there are not really any threats and their defense has not been very good either.

29. Detroit Pistons (0-7)
Ranking in the bottom five in both offense and defense is not a recipe for success.

30. Washington Wizards (0-5)

Their defense is slightly above average but their offense has been horrible and until they get John Wall and Nene back on the court teams can just circle the Wizards as a win.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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