Commentary

NBA's 'power five' atop charts finally

PER Diem: Jan. 11, 2010

Updated: January 11, 2010, 1:36 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com
JamesScott Cunningham/NBAE/Getty ImagesLeBron and the Cavs are ahead of the pack ... but the competition has been better than expected.

Well, it took half a season, but the five teams we expected to rule the NBA this season have finally asserted themselves. Take a look at today's Power Rankings, and you'll notice something for the first time all season: The top five spots belong to the "power five" of the Lakers, Magic, Cavs, Celtics and Spurs.