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NBA Week 1 Power Rankings

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The National Basketball Association starts its regular season on Tuesday, and it has been a crazy off-season. Many teams changed a lot to attempt to beat the powerhouse out in Golden State. The following rankings are my take on the upcoming season. If you feel that your favorite team should be higher or lower, leave a comment below. I hope you enjoy.

30. Brooklyn Nets

The Nets are finally starting to act like a competent franchise, but they still have a long way to go before they can play competitive basketball. Deangelo Russel will give them some pop offensively.

29. New York Knicks

The Knicks lost Carmelo Anthony, and that may be the best thing that happened to them this off-season. Can Kristaps Porzingis shoulder the heavy load that the Knicks want him to?

28. Chicago Bulls

The Bulls have gone into full rebuild mode with trading away Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler. Lauri Markkanen looks like he could be fun to watch, but the rest of the team looks like it will be a rough year.

27. Atlanta Hawks

They lost Paul Millsap, who was the heart and soul of this team. It will take a year or two to right the ship.

26. Phoenix Suns

If nothing else, the Suns will be fun to watch with Devin Booker. They will be exciting on offense but won’t be able to get any stops on defense. Expect a lottery pick.

25. Indiana Pacers

Myles Turner gets to lead this team, but he is young and will make some mistakes. It will be a rough year.

24. Orlando Magic

They have some talent, but the talent does not mesh well together. Spacing issues will plague this team all year.

23. Dallas Mavericks

The Mavs will always be good or, at very least mediocre, with Rick Carlisle still coaching. This may be their worst year considering Dirk Nowitski is not getting any younger.

22.Los Angeles Lakers

Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma will be fun to watch and the baby Lakers got some help with Brook Lopez. There will be some serious growing pains.

21. Detroit Pistons

Andre Drummond wants out of Detroit but can’t.. This will make for a rough year.

20. Sacramento Kings

De’aaron Fox could be the next John Wall if he wants to. The Kings added some needed veterans and got many rookies.

19.Charlotte Hornets

Kemba Walker will make highlights daily. Can the rest of the team?

18. New Orleans Pelicans

Anthony Davis should keep them in the playoff hunt. If Demarcus Cousins gets it together, they could be a good team.

17. Utah Jazz

Rudy Gobert will make the defense top in the league. If the offense can keep up, they will be a great team.

16. Philadelphia 76ers

If Joel Embiid stays healthy, this ranking will be much higher by the end of the year.

15. Miami Heat

This team just missed out on playoffs last year. Don’t expect that to happen again.

14. Memphis Grizzlies

Marc Gasol keeps this team relevant somehow. It is a testament to his skill.

13. Denver Nuggets

Nikola Jokic will make passes that a 7-footer should not be able to make. They added Paul Millsap, who will beef up the defense.

12. Milwaukee Bucks

Giannis Antetokounmpo will be a stud for them. They may make a long run in the playoffs.

11. Portland Trail Blazers

Damian Lilliard and C. J.  McCollum make for one of the best backcourts in the NBA. The problem is the rest of the team.

10. Los Angeles Clippers

This is Blake Griffin’s time to shine. Chris Paul left, so expect Griffin to run this team now.

9. Boston Celtics

The Celtics lost Gordon Hayward for the season which will make them much worse than they could be. The East is weak so they will still be at least a 4- seed.

8. Minnesota Timberwolves

They added Jimmy Butler and they have a growing center in Karl-Anthony Towns. There may be some growing pains, but they will be good.

7. Washington Wizards

Expect John Wall to have an MVP caliber season. He may be the fastest player in the league. Bradley Beal helps round off their backcourt with some shooting.

6.  Toronto Raptors

May be a little high for this group, but until Kyle Lowry and Demar Derozan leave, they will be elite.

5. San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs are the model of consistency in the modern NBA. Expect little to no fall off this year.

4. Oklahoma City Thunder

Russell Westbrook had a season for the ages and now has help from two other superstars, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. This team will either crash and burn or make it the whole way.

3. Cleveland Cavaliers

Any team with LeBron James at the helm will be top 3 in these power rankings always. They may have lost Kyrie Irving, but got some much needed depth trading him away.

2. Houston Rockets

James Harden now has an elite point guard in Chris Paul to help him out. They also got some depth with the signing of P. J. Tucker.

1.Golden State Warriors

Don’t expect this to change anytime soon. The Warriors will most likely dominate the NBA this year. Only injuries could derail this train.

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