ESPN’s Future Power Rankings UPDATED

December 15th, 2009 by Busta Bucket Leave a reply »
Remember about a month ago, when ESPN's John Hollinger and Chad Ford released the future power rankings for the NBA? Yeah, it was fun because Portland was No. 1 on that list. The talent was apparently there and the future was bright.

A month later, not only have things changed in Portland, but Hollinger and Ford have changed their tune. Portland drops down to six on the list with Orlando, the Lakers, Oklahoma City, Miami, and Utah all moving ahead.

Even though these rankings don't matter in the grand scheme of things, it's still pretty amazing to drop five spots in a month when we're talking about the future. Obviously people are down on the Blazers; here's what they had to say:

Portland was the top-ranked team when the season began, but the Blazers' precipitous drop to sixth comes as a result of a sluggish 14-11 start that caused us to re-evaluate their talent base. In retrospect, we may have been overly optimistic the first time around.

Although the Blazers' roster still appears formidable, virtually every player has underperformed expectations or given us reason to doubt ...

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