With the vast majority of the off season heavy lifting done, its time to take stock of how it looks as though the NBA power structure is put together. There is no change at the top overall as the Warriors have done nothing to come back to the pack.

In the East though, the Raptors have added a very well rested Kawhi Leonard, while losing DeMar DeRozan, amongst others. The 76ers lost a lot of the veteran leadership they acquired last year, but have gained another year of experience. And in Boston the Celtics return Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward to pair with the young headliners of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.

Lebron James

Out West, while the top of the mountain remains unfazed, there was more than a little movement below the peak. The Lakers overhauled their roster, adding Lebron James. They also added numerous veteran retreads, but the ceiling will be dictated by James and the maturation of youngsters Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, and Kyle Kuzma. The Thunder were able to re-sign Paul George, while Carmelo Anthony made his way to Houston. San Antonio improved, DeRozan will be a massive upgrade from the contribution they got from Leonard last season and should flourish in the Spurs system. The big question is will we see a post hype development from Denver and Minnesota, two darlings of last year’s off-season who failed to meet lofty expectations. Will another year together aid in their progress.

We’re just over 7 weeks from the real deal hardwood action. So before training camp starts, here is the NBA power rankings, top to bottom.

  1. Golden State Warriors
  2. Boston Celtics
  3. Houston Rockets
  4. Oklahoma City Thunder
  5. San Antonio Spurs
  6. Philadelphia 76ers
  7. Toronto Raptors
  8. Utah Jazz
  9. Denver Nuggets
  10. Los Angeles Lakers
  11. Indiana Pacers
  12. Minnesota Timberwolves
  13. Milwaukee Bucks
  14. New Orleans Pelicans
  15. Washington Wizards
  16. Portland Trailblazers
  17. Miami Heat
  18. Detroit Pistons
  19. Los Angeles Clippers
  20. Charlotte Hornets
  21. Memphis Grizzlies
  22. Brooklyn Nets
  23. Dallas Mavericks
  24. Phoenix Suns
  25. Cleveland Cavaliers
  26. Chicago Bulls
  27. Orlando Magic
  28. Sacramento Kings
  29. New York Knicks
  30. Atlanta Hawks

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