NBA Power Rankings: Boston Celtics look vulnerable; Knicks rounding back into form?

We dive into our latest NBA Power Rankings with just a couple of weeks before the start of the NBA Playoffs.

Boston Celtics v New York Knicks
Boston Celtics v New York Knicks / Steven Ryan/GettyImages
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12. Orlando Magic

As one of the best young emerging teams in the Eastern Conference, it’s good to see that the Orlando Magic have taken a step forward in their progression as a team. They're expected to finish as a top 5 team in the Eastern Conference standings and will get a great opportunity to continue their regular-season magic in the postseason. No matter what happens in the NBA Playoffs, the young Magic are going to gain some much-needed playoff experience this season.

Whether or not they could emerge as a real threat to pull off an upset in the first round of the playoffs remains to be seen, however, they certainly have the talent to at the very least push a team like the Cleveland Cavaliers or New York Knicks in a seven-game series.

It's safe to say that this season is already considered a success for the Magic. They've taken a clear step forward and Paolo Banchero looks like a real franchise player. Heading into the offseason, the Magic will be riding a wave of momentum.