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Old 09-26-2008, 03:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Stein's Power Rankings: Best & Worst Over Past Six Seasons

Originally Posted by Marc Stein
As we approach the seventh season that ESPN.com has entrusted me with its NBA Power Rankings, this seemed like the perfect appetizer.
Remember that "surprise" we vaguely mentioned in our final regular-season helping on April 14? As requested by a few loyal readers, here it is: a look at how all 30 clubs have fared with the committee (of one) since the 2002-03 campaign.

We've clicked back through the archives to find the rankings highs, lows and average placement for every team in our weekly, thoroughly un-automated pulse take of the league. The annual batch of rankings that will take us into training camp for the start of the 2008-09 season is coming Monday.

You can rank the teams yourself or click here to comment on our first six years together.
Originally Posted by ESPN
27. Toronto Raptors

We've said it many times: If we were ranking cities, Toronto would never slip out of our top three. We've said this many times, too: If ESPN ever opens a Canadian bureau, we'll be first in the relocation line. But none of that can offset the suffocating nature of the Raptors' losing culture before Bryan Colangelo was hired away from Phoenix to run the franchise. The Raps averaged 29 wins from 2002-03 through 2005-06.
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