Power Rankings: C's up to No. 25

Despite a 2-6 record during the exhibition slate, the Boston Celtics actually jumped up two spots in the final ESPN.com NBA power rankings of the preseason.

Boston sits in front of Milwaukee, Utah, Orlando, Phoenix, and Philadelphia. Here's the blurb from power ranker Marc Stein: "Brad Stevens was known in the college game as quite an analytics devotee, but he'll probably have to stifle his hunger to see the numbers as an NBA rook. It's going to be a long, ugly slog in Year 1 -- even if Rajon Rondo comes back faster than expected -- until the Celts have cap space in July."

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