With an aging Kobe, an old Steve Nash, a crazy Metta Peace, a wanna be Shaq in Howard, and Gasol. The last time I looked the Thunder played the Heat in the finals last year not the Lakers. If you want my opinion which is a pretty damn good one when it comes to this sport. The Lakers were better with Bynum in their lineup a real NBA center not a power forward playing center in Howard. The Thunder because of last season's performance should be number 2 in the power ranking. If the Clippers stay healthy with the best point guard in the NBA running the Lob City show. Then adding a group of seasoned veterans coming off the bench providing strength, leadership, and teaching young guys Blake, Jordan, and Bledsoe how to let the game come to them. I must say this, the Clippers with Odum and Billiups championship experience will be a huge positive for Blake, Jordan, and Bledsoe. Throw in Grant Hill, Crawford, Barnes, Hollins, Turiaf, and Greene this could be the best team in LA and not the Lakers. CP3 needs to commit long term with the Clippers. Those veterans players could have gone to the Heat, Thunder, Lakers, or Spurs but they choose the Clippers and that says alot the direction they are going. Listen up sports fans before the season starts write this down the Clippers will be the team coming out of the west if Vinny listens to his veteran players.
5. Lakers ?