A few week 1 power rankings have come out, with the Hornets top 3 virtually everywhere. The five ones I'll be following this season:
|ESPN (Marc Stein)||2||3||We were kidding when we talked up that 7-0 preseason, but a 3-0 start is the real deal. Especially because the Hornets opened on the road, played Phoenix and Cleveland next and didn't have Chandler for two of the W's.|
|NBA.com (John Schuhmann)||2||3||Losing Tyson Chandler and Peja Stojakovic to ankle injuries this early is obviously a concern, but it does give the Hornets' bench, which we questioned just a week ago, some extra time to develop. Starting for Peja, Rasual Butler came up big in Saturday's win over the Cavs.|
|USA Today (Chris Colston)||3||3||But the jersey — er, jury — is out on those new road uniforms.|
|AOL FanHouse (Brett Edwards)||2||--||Hasn't lost since Game 7 of last season's playoffs, and beat the Suns and Cavs without Tyson Chandler and Peja Stojakovic. If the Lakers hadn't been so impressive, these guys would be number one.|
|Bloggers (Bloggers... including me)||2||3||James Posey won't do this all season long, but along with CP3, he's helped navigate a treacherous GS/PHX/CLE start for New Orleans|
Personally, I have us at #3 behind LA and Boston. But next Wednesday's Laker showdown at the Hive may very well change my mind. For now, let's take care of business versus Atlanta, Charlotte, and Miami.