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2012/13 NBA Team Rankings & Previews: #1 Miami Heat

#1 – Miami Heat

2011/12 Record: 46-20, won NBA Championship

2012/13 Projected Record: 63-19, playoffs  


Key Additions:

Ray Allen – Shooting Guard
Rashard Lewis – Small Forward/Power Forward


Key Departures:

None

Depth Chart:

Point Guard: Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole
Shooting Guard: Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen
Small Forward: LeBron James, Shane Battier
Power Forward: Udonis Haslem, Rashard Lewis
Center: Chris Bosh, Joel Anthony

The X Factor:

Dwyane Wade

It’s become de riguer to question Dwyane Wade’s ability and write him off as on the downside of his career  Will Wade prove the critics right or wrong this season?


Summary: 
 

You could argue that the defending NBA champions got even stronger in the offseason, losing no key pieces from last year’s team while adding Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis.  And the Heat also all now have the experience and confidence that comes from winning a NBA title.  But will the fire still burn as strong now that they’ve all become champions?  Because, after all, LeBron didn’t just promise one title.  Or two.  Or three. Or… (you remember how it goes).

NBA Preseason Power Rankings

  #2 – Los Angeles Lakers
  #3 – Oklahoma City Thunder
  #4 – Los Angeles Clippers
  #5 – San Antonio Spurs
  #6 – Boston Celtics
  #7 – Indiana Pacers
  #8 – Denver Nuggets
  #9 – Brooklyn Nets
#10 – Memphis Grizzlies
#11 – Philadelphia 76ers
#12 – Minnesota Timberwolves
#13 – Dallas Mavericks
#14 – New York Knicks
#15 – Atlanta Hawks
#16 – Chicago Bulls
#17 – Utah Jazz
#18 – Golden State Warriors
#19 – Portland Trailblazers
#20 – Milwaukee Bucks
#21 – Cleveland Cavaliers
#22 – New Orleans Hornets
#23 – Washington Wizards
#24 – Toronto Raptors
#25 – Sacramento Kings
#26 – Phoenix Suns
#27 – Houston Rockets
#28 – Detroit Pistons
#29 – Orlando Magic
#30 – Charlotte Bobcats

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