NBA Power Rankings 2012: No. 1 Bulls Stay Atop SB Nation's Power Rankings

The Chicago Bulls have the league's best record at 37-10 and have managed to keep winning despite missing star PG Derrick Rose and free agent acquisition SG Richard Hamilton at different times through much of the season. According to Tom Ziller's latest NBA Power Rankings, the Bulls have cause to be excited about their impressive record:

Rank Team Record Last Week SB Nation Blog
1. Chicago Bulls 37-10 W: NY, MIA, PHI; L: POR Blog-a-Bull
The Bulls are ridiculously solid even when Derrick Rose is forced to sit, as that win over the Heat without the MVP proved. I can't wait to see how beamed in Chicago will be in this postseason after early round trouble and a disappointing finish a year ago.
2. Oklahoma City Thunder 34-11 W: DEN, POR; L: HOU, SA Welcome To Loud City
That loss to the Spurs was seen as ominous, but the Thunder have been good for one bad show a week pretty much all season. All critics of Russell Westbrook should note that Oklahoma City has the league's No. 1 offense right now. He can't be doing too much wrong.
3. Miami Heat 33-11 W: PHI, ORL; L: CHI, ORL Peninsula Is Mightier
It's hard to imagine that Miami lost any confidence by losing to a Rose-less Chicago given how dominant the Heat were in the Eastern Conference Finals last season and in previous meet-ups this season. Coming back to get revenge on Dwight Howard and the Magic seemed like an important victory, though.
4. L.A. Lakers 28-17 W: MEM, NO, MIN; L: UTA Silver Screen And Roll
Sunday's Utah loss at home was as ugly as the Lakers' road win in Memphis was pretty. Andrew Bynum is pretty clearly the team's most effective player on offense right now. He's averaging 24 and 13 while shooting 66 percent in his last 10 games. Feed the beast.

Drop by Ziller's latest Power Rankings post for the complete list.

For updates on the matchup, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage, visit Blog a Bull, and for more news and notes from around the NBA, head over to SB Nation's NBA news hub.

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