Power Rankings: Chicago Bulls rise to No. 1

Updated: January 16, 2012, 1:43 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
Monday, Jan. 16

Martin Luther King Jr. Day has arrived in the NBA with 11 games on the schedule and a big shuffle at the top of ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings, with Chicago emerging as our new No. 1 and a relatively steep drop for the team that the Bulls have bumped off.

The combination of three straight defeats on the road and worrisome health issues for Dwyane Wade has dropped the Miami Heat four slots to No. 5, enabling Oklahoma City to climb to No. 2 and two more teams that weren't forecasted to be this high -- Philadelphia (No. 7 to No. 3) and San Antonio (No. 9 to No. 4 despite losing Manu Ginobili to a broken hand) -- to move ahead of the reigning East champs.

The Los Angeles Clippers (No. 10 to No. 6), Dallas Mavericks (No. 13 to No. 10) and Utah Jazz (No. 18 to No. 14) also made notable moves upward this week, while Atlanta (after losing Al Horford to a potentially season-ending injury) and Portland (4-5 since a 3-0 start) tumbled out of the top 10.

Check back every Monday during the regular season for a fresh and fully nonautomated pulse-take of the league's 30 teams, which is compiled with Ricky Rubio-esque dishing from ESPN Stats & Information and the Elias Sports Bureau. Click here to rank the teams yourself, or click here to comment on these rankings.

Also, check out John Hollinger's daily Power Rankings.

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