There’s a reason I’m billing this the World’s Greatest NBA Rankings, beyond mere chutzpah. Or cojones, if you know more Spanish than Yiddish. Or, if you don’t understand either, bal–, ah, forget it.
I not only rank the NBA teams, according to some rational/intuitive system even I don’t understand, I tell you what it all means.
Well, not quite nothing, hopefully, or I’m wasting a lot more time doing these than you are reading them.
As an exercise, it’s so labor intensive for me, I start counting down to my last one at the All-Star break. However, when I no longer had to do them, I found I missed them so much, I asked Chris Sheridan if I could continue.
“October,” he told me. Cuz he had already taken September’s ranks.
Not that I take the actual rankings too seriously. They’re more or less a compromise between what a team is doing at the moment and what I think it will do in the future.
Of course, we’re arguing about something that will be addressed in the NBA’s playoffs, which by convention, settles the matter of who’s best.
(Actually, the NBA season starts in April after six months of preliminaries to eliminate 14 teams, 11 or 12 of which we could name now, while separating you and your fellow fans from the maximum number of your dollars).
So, in the meantime, who cares which team I, or Marc Stein, or 500,000 guys on Bleacher Report think is the best on Nov. 1?
Oh, that’s right. You do. That’s why we’re here.
OK, but then there’s the fact that we’re at the beginning, which is as far from the end as we can get—so most of what appears to be self-evident won’t be in a month, let alone six months.
I’ve always thought of the NBA season as a kaleidoscope. Every day you turn it one notch, and the entire picture changes.
Now all we have to do is turn it 180 times and we’ll know what the picture really looks like. Until then, my ranking of teams before they even play a game! Hey, with enough opinions, in the sure knowledge that most of them won’t turn out worth having, anything is possible!
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