NBA Power Rankings: Lakers Close Out 2009 on Top

December 21st, 2009 by Alex McVeigh Leave a reply »
As 2009 winds down, the NBA is starting to give us a clear picture of what the intriguing storylines are for the rest of the season.

Can the Lakers keep up the torrid pace? Can the Celtics stay healthy until June? Can the Hawks maintain their place as one of the top three teams in the East? Can the Nuggets or Mavericks possibly beat the Lakers?

These questions and more will be answered...well, probably around late May/early June.

But until then, here's a sampling of how the NBA shapes up right now. These power rankings are the result of a poll taken by Featured Columnists from Bleacher Report's NBA community. Enjoy.


1. Los Angeles Lakers

With the return of Pau Gasol, the Lakers are looking pretty unbeatable right now. They're 14-1 since he's been back, and although their bench has been pretty thin, when you've got a starting five like they do, it's hard to be too upset about that.


2. Boston Celtics

Slip ups like the one last week against Philadelphia are bound to happen, and they serve to keep the Celtics grounded. Simply put, the Celtics are playing sound basketba ...

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