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NBA Power Rankings: Week 10

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NBA Power Rankings: Week 10

By Tony Andracki & Mark Strotman

Each Monday throughout the regular season, Mark Strotman and Tony Andracki will rank all 30 NBA teams. Below are Week 4 Power Rankings. Think we're way off? Agree with our picks? Hit us up on Twitter at@BullsTalkCSNwith comments or criticisms.
Past rankings:PreseasonWeek 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6Week 7 Week 8

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Tony: Still the king, but a viable case can be made for the Clippers.
Mark: Would have the lost the top spot, but stomped the Warriors on Sunday.
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Tony: They've been dominant. I have a bet riding on them collapsing a bit, though.
Mark: Ibaka continues to improve offensively.
3
Tony: Slow and steady wins the race, right?
Mark:Consistent bench play always been as impressive as aging starters.
4
Tony: Fighting with New York for the top spot in the East.
Mark: Numbers don't lie: LeBron is your MVP.
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Tony: Sporting the best D in the league.
Mark: Klay Thompson finally heating up from beyond the arc.
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Tony: Come back to Earth a bit lately.
Mark: Impressive that they're better without Mayo...never thought that'd happen.7
Tony: Borderline Top 5 team, but have to keep playing at high level all year.
Mark: Tyson Chandler's career year has meant everything.8
Tony: Surprising squad of late. Highest scoring team in league.
Mark: They just won't go away in the West.
9
Tony: Lou Williams has been a real nice addition.
Mark: Nowadays it's impressive any time you beat the Clippers.
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Tony: Can you believe they have a better defense than the Bulls?
Mark: So when does Taj start?
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Tony: Big win over the Heat puts league on notice.
Mark: Danny Granger nearing a return.
12
Tony: Playing more like how I thought they would.
Mark:Quietly putting together an impressive season despite some offseason shake-ups.
13
Tony: At least D-Will is starting to play back to form.
Mark:Awful decision to fire Avery Johnson, but maybe it lights a fire underneath the Nets.
14
Tony: Need to fix the 7-11 on the road.
Mark: Still clinging to the No. 8 seed.
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Tony: Right around .500 is what I expect of this team.
Mark: Dwight, Pau and Jordan Hill all out. Yikes.
16
Tony: If they can stay healthy, I fully expect them to be a playoff team in the West.
Mark: Could see them moving Courtney Lee for a big.
17
Tony: Rondo is having a whole heap of behavioral issues.
Mark: Derrick Favors has to break out at some point, right?
18
Tony: They've really fallen off lately haven't they?
Mark: Back at .500, the Bucks are slowly fading...like we all thought they would.
19
Tony: Pau and Howard out now? This is getting out of hand.
Mark: They were fine without Love the first time, don't know if it can happen again.
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Tony: Jrue can't do it by himself, you guys.
Mark: The Bynum news this week was...that there's no new news...again.
21
Tony: TheReturn: Dirk Edition hasn't helped, huh?
Mark:Smart for the Kings to not want to move Cousins. He's a top-5 center with a bottom-5 brain. Hopefully he turns the latter around.
22
Tony: Cousins is beastin' right now.
Mark: Really believe they could sneak in as the No. 8 seed in the East (5 GB as of Monday).
23
Tony: Alan Anderson, Lowry tearin' it up from the bench.
Mark: Age quickly catching up with them. Glad they got their ring now.
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Tony: At least Drummond looks like a future piece.
Mark: I concur with Tony: Andre Drummond is the real deal.
25
Tony: Won't be successful if you're just 7-12 at home.
Mark: Anthony Davis returning helps, but early season success was a mirage.
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Tony: Maybe they need Steve Nash back?
Mark: What a boring team.
27
Tony: Got some nice players, but can't put it all together.
Mark: Really impressed with the overtime win over the Pistons on Sunday.
28
Tony: Hey, at least they halted their losing streak.
Mark: 2-8 in last 10; need Davis back soon.
29
Tony: My boy Greivis has been dominiant.
Mark: What happened to Dion Waiters.
30
Tony:Played the Heat real tough...until a MIA 21-0 run to end game.
Mark:Brad Beal rookie of the month in December. That's about it.

Report: LeBron James' camp thinks Dwyane Wade will wind up with Cavs

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Report: LeBron James' camp thinks Dwyane Wade will wind up with Cavs

There was a time in the not-too-distant past that then-Bulls Derrick Rose went toe-to-toe with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, the Miami Heat's tag-team duo in the Eastern Conference.

Six years later, Wade has replaced Rose in Chicago. Rose made a pitstop in New York via trade. James, after winning two titles in Miami, went back to Cleveland. Rose joined him earlier this offseason, signing a one-year deal with the Cavs.

Got all that?

The NBA looks different these days, and according to one Cavaliers beat writer it could look way different sometime this year. That's because Cleveland.com's Joe Vardon reported Tuesday that people in James' camp believe Dwyane Wade will play for the Cavaliers at some point this season.

"As of right now, people close to James are fairly confident that, at some point this year, Dwyane Wade is going to end up on the Cavs."

Now, there's obviously a lot to break down here. First, Wade is under contract with the Bulls and is due nearly $24 million this season. Then again, a report earlier this month said that Wade is likely to be bought out by the Bulls sometime in the near future. That part isn't all that wild, but it's far from a sure thing, especially if Wade and the Bulls can't agree on how much Wade should receive if bought out.

Then there's the decision Wade would have to make after clearing waivers. It was pretty clear he wasn't chasing a championship ring when he opted to sign with the Bulls last summer. Who's to say that itch has returned? We already know he'd be welcomed back to Miami, as face-of-the-franchise center Hassan Whiteside said he would.

Going to Cleveland would, of course, put Wade in great position to go chase a fourth NBA title, but it would also put him alongside his good friend James.

There's a lot to break down here, but we know this much: the Bulls have entered rebuilding mode and clearly don't have a use for Wade. But Wade could also be part of a trade in the winter as an expiring contract that nets the Bulls future assets. He's also a heck of a mentor for what will be one of the best young teams in the league. He also puts butts in the United Center seats, which may be more difficult to do than in recent years.

NBA 2K18 releases the all-time Bulls roster...sort of

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NBA 2K18 releases the all-time Bulls roster...sort of

NBA 2K18 released its all-time Bulls roster on Tuesday. Well, most of it. We think.

Check out the players below and we'll break down each one (including the mystery legs in the background)

From left to right:

Joakim Noah: A fairly easy choice considering his entire career. Noah played nine seasons in Chicago, averaging 9.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.4 blocks in 572 games. He won Defensive Player of the Year in 2014 and was named First Team All-NBA. He also finished fifth in MVP voting and became the face of the franchise post-Derrick Rose injuries.

Jerry Sloan: Another easy choice. Sloan spent 10 seasons as a player for the Bulls, averaging 14.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 696 career games. He was an All-Star twice and made six All-Defensive NBA teams. He was an assistant in 1978 before becoming head coach in 1979. He spent four seasons with the Bulls before beginning his illustrious Hall of Fame career with the Jazz.

Derrick Rose: You knew he was going to be on the list. The youngest MVP in NBA history was simply breathtaking in his seven seasons with the Bulls. He was a three-time All-Star, averaged 19.7 points and led the Bulls back from one of the ugliest stretches in franchise history. The knee injuries slowed him down entirely, and he'll never be what he once was, but his spot in Bulls history is cemented.

Artis Gilmore: The best left-handed player in Bulls history is also the best center in Bulls history, averaging 19.3 points, 11.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks over seven seasons. He led the NBA in field goal percentage twice, was a four-time All-Star and led the Bulls to a pair of playoff appearances.

Luol Deng: We see you back there, Lu. One of the most recognizable (and probably tired) Bulls was an absolute fixture of the organization for 10 seasons. He averaged 16.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 637 games. He was twice named an All-Star (while leading the league in minutes both years) and made the All-Defensive Second Team in 2012. An all-time Bulls team wouldn't feel right without him.

Michael Jordan: Um, yeah.

Dennis Rodman: The Worm was another easy choice for this list. His three-year stay in Chicago resulted in three championships for the Bulls, where Rodman averaged 15.3 rebounds (leading the league all three seasons) and set the tone every night for Phil Jackson's squad.

Scottie Pippen: Another no-brainer. Let's keep moving.

Horace Grant: The power forward for Scottie and MJ averaged a cool 12.6 points and 8.6 rebounds in seven seasons, winning three titles in the early 90s while donning his famous goggles. He made the All-Star team in his final season before taking a big payday from the Magic in 1994.

Toni Kukoc (we think): This could be one of two players: Kukoc or Pau Gasol. But seeing as he's just a smidge taller than Jimmy Butler (to the right) we'll guess it's the 6-foot-7 Kukoc and not the 7-footer Gasol. All Kukoc did in seven Bulls seasons was average 14.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists out of primarily sixth man role. He was named the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year in 1996, and he was instrumental in the Bulls' second three-peat. He's littered across the Bulls all-time record books, including 3-pointers (9th), assists (10th) and steals (10th).

Jimmy Butler: The youngest player on the all-time Bulls team is the third of three current players no longer with the Bulls. Butler became a star during his six seasons in Chicago, improving his scoring in each season, being named to three All-Star games and earning All-NBA Third Team honors this past season. He didn't leave on the best of terms, but a player of his caliber deserves a spot on this squad.

Mystery guys in the back: To the right of Rodman in the back, we're going to guess that's Steve Kerr. The second digit looks like a "5." It's also a good bet that on the left side Bob Love is behind Artis Gilmore. Chet Walker may be back there, too. We're still holding out hope that Captain Kirk Hinrich took the team photo and is part of the team.