Power Rankings: No illusion, Magic grab No. 1 spot

Updated: December 3, 2007, 12:46 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com


Ten road wins already. A 1-0 record against Boston. Four measly losses in 19 games to teams with a combined record of 39-12.

Add it all up and there's really no mystery. The most worthy No. 1 in ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings is the surprising Orlando Magic.

Maybe they can't stay up here for the long term … or even the short term with a tough game Monday night at Golden State. Maybe this doesn't even happen if the San Antonio Spurs don't lose to Sacramento and then lose Tim Duncan to injury … or if Phoenix doesn't offset its season sweep of the Magic by dropping its first two games last week in disconcerting fashion to Golden State and Houston. But make no mistake: Orlando has been our Team of the Season so far, ahead of even the Celtics.

Your comments on the Magic's rise and any other rankings developments are invited here or at the bottom.

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