As NBA training camps start to get underway next week, ESPN.com's Marc Stein debuts his weekly power rankings. In this first edition, there are some unsurprising things right off the bat. The top three teams are pretty obvious and Stein ranks them accordingly: Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder. I do think it's interesting that Stein feels comfortable placing the Lakers ahead of the Thunder despite not having played a game with their new squad yet. Not to mention the fact that we have no idea what Dwight Howard's level of play will be as he recovers from back surgery.
The thing that you're actually concerned with is where your Cleveland Cavaliers fall in this ranking. According to Stein, the Cavs are the 28th best team in the NBA with just the Kings and Bobcats behind them. Here's what he writes about Kyrie Irving and company:
The Cavs, with five or six first- and second-year players in their rotation, will ask their fans for more patience. And you know what? With Varejao coming back and Kyrie poised to serve up more thrills, they'll undoubtedly get it whether or not Waiters dazzles or stumbles early.
Personally, I think this is far too low -- but it's just his opinion. I don't really understand the arguments for the Orlando Magic and Phoenix Suns ahead of Cleveland, but whatever. It kind of seems like he's ignoring the fact that Kyrie is super awesome and the health of Anderson Varejao should help a lot.
Check out his complete rankings and remember that preseason rankings are essentially arbitrary and don't really mean anything.