Power Rankings: Suns stay in top 10; Bulls, Celts crash

Updated: October 28, 2005, 10:54 AM ET

The first big NBA Power Rankings debate of the season: How far to drop the Phoenix Suns after the loss of Amare Stoudemire?


The ruling from ESPN.com's NBA Power Rankings committee (of one): Not that far.

The Suns have dropped only five spots, from No. 3 to No. 8, in Marc Stein's latest rankings, which serve as a barometer of each team's readiness for a fast-approaching Opening Night. As seen in the Suns' Daily Dime preview earlier in the week, Stein is still picking the Suns to win the Pacific Division even with Stoudemire sidelined by a knee injury until at least the All-Star break.

The Power Rankings move to their usual Monday slot on Nov. 7 and will then continue weekly through the regular season. Click here to comment on the latest batch.

Editor's note: The Record category shows the team's 2004-05 regular season record. The Last Week category shows the team's ranking in Marc Stein's Training Camp Edition of the Power Rankings .

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