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Bulls and Lakers Top Pre-First Round SS&R Power Poll

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Mucho thanks to all who voted in our first ever SS&R power poll. By the magic of Microsoft Excel, I've compiled the results, which you can see after the jump. Despite remaining the Vegas favorites to win the NBA title, the Lakers begin the playoffs at second in our collective power rankings. Their first-round opponents, the New Orleans Hornets, check in at 15th, ahead of only the 37-win Pacers.

The teams that inspired the most disagreement were the Celtics and Nuggets. The least controversial were the top-ranked Bulls and the bottom-feeders from Indiana. We'll do this again after the first round is complete.

I wish I could hand out "I VOTED" stickers to all who submitted a ballot. Unfortunately that wasn't in the budget for this project, so instead everyone just take a Sharpie and write "I VOTED" on whatever you're wearing.

"Average" indicates the average ranking you guys gave each team. "Std Dev" is the standard deviation of the rankings, which measures how much disagreement there was about where each team should fall. The higher the standard deviation, the greater the range of opinions.

Rank

Team

Average

Std Dev

1

Bulls

1.84

1.10

2

Lakers

2.30

1.71

3

Spurs

3.89

1.66

4

Heat

4.50

1.62

5

Celtics

4.84

2.13

6

Thunder

5.20

1.65

7

Nuggets

7.91

2.28

8

Mavericks

8.02

1.61

9

Magic

8.23

1.54

10

Trail Blazers

9.09

1.90

11

Grizzlies

11.52

1.37

12

Knicks

11.64

1.78

13

76ers

13.64

1.18

14

Hawks

13.84

1.49

15

Hornets

13.89

1.35

16

Pacers

15.66

0.61