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The Sports Network's NBA Power Poll

(As of Friday, April 18th)

By Jim Brighters, NBA Editor

TeamRecordPrevious Rank
1. SAN ANTONIO SPURS62-201
   Tim Duncan has never missed the playoffs in his NBA career.
2. OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER59-232
   Durant will win MVP, he played huge stretches without 3 other starters.
3. LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS57-253
   Doc Rivers was worth that first-round pick.
4. MIAMI HEAT54-284
   Do not agree with the decision to concede the top seed in the East.
5. INDIANA PACERS56-265
   I'd try and dispatch Atlanta very quickly. No lingering questions.
6. HOUSTON ROCKETS54-286
   Swept season series vs. Spurs as possible foreshadowing of the 2nd round
7. PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS54-287
   But the Rockets have to get by one of the best starting 5s in the NBA.
8. CHICAGO BULLS48-348
   Tom Thibodeau might win Coach of the Year...every year.
9. MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES50-3213
   Closed season on 5-game winning streak to get No. 7 seed. Love them.
10. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS51-319
   No Bogut in the postseason probably means the end of the Jackson era.
11. DALLAS MAVERICKS49-3310
   Like this team's makeup, but there's no long-term future success.
12. TORONTO RAPTORS48-3412
   No one, I mean no one, is picking them to beat the Nets in round 1.
13. PHOENIX SUNS48-3411
   Could've been the third seed in the East. Now, off to collect awards.
14. BROOKLYN NETS44-3814
   Count me among those picking the Nets over Raptors.
15. WASHINGTON WIZARDS44-3816
   Oddly, very little mention for Randy Wittman as Coach of the Year.
16. CHARLOTTE BOBCATS43-3915
   Steve Clifford will get votes for Coach of the Year.
17. ATLANTA HAWKS38-4418
   6 games under .500, yet could give No. 1 seed a good run.
18. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES40-4217
   3-game losing streak at the end costs them chance at .500 season.
19. NEW YORK KNICKS37-4519
   Showed a lot of heart at the end, now, it's waiting game with Carmelo.
20. DENVER NUGGETS36-4620
   Kenneth Faried makes my All-Favorite team. His work ethic is great.
21. NEW ORLEANS PELICANS34-4822
   Anthony Davis is Most Improved co-front-runner with Goran Dragic.
22. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS33-4921
   Could they get a 3rd No. 1 overall pick in the last 4 years?
23. DETROIT PISTONS29-5323
   New era begins and at least Charlie Villanueva will be off the books.
24. SACRAMENTO KINGS28-5425
   Never heard a coach as disappointed nightly as Mike Malone.
25. LOS ANGELES LAKERS27-5526
   I'm no D'Antoni guy, but this season wasn't a fair representation of him.
26. ORLANDO MAGIC23-5924
   A lot of quality young pieces in dire need of a big-time piece.
27. BOSTON CELTICS25-5727
   Still think they're going to try and move Rajon Rondo.
28. UTAH JAZZ25-5728
   I believe Ty Corbin will be gone and watch out for Jackson if GSW fires.
29. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS19-6329
   Want doomsday - Sixers could pick 5th and not have NO's 1st-rounder.
30. MILWAUKEE BUCKS15-6730
   After this season, the fact they went for $550 million is amazing.

As of April 18, 2014, at 12:56 PM ET

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