NBA Preseason Power Rankings: Is your team on top?

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The NBA season is starting on October 16. There have been many changes. For example, Lebron James signed with the Lakers, Kawhi Leonard was traded to the Raptors, and the Warriors managed to add Demarcus Cousins. Here are my power rankings before the NBA season starts.

1. Golden State Warriors

The Warriors recently won two championships. They had four all-stars, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, and Draymond Green. But now with DeMarcus Cousins added to the team, the Warriors have five all-stars. And at some point, they’ll make up the whole starting lineup. With this big five and Steve Kerr’s coaching, they’ll be unstoppable.

2. Houston Rockets

The Rockets are a team to beat in the west. They have a great duo with Chris Paul and James Harden, who just won MVP. And with the addition of Carmelo Anthony, they have even more scoring. Yet in the off-season, they lost Trevor Ariza, who provided three-point shooting and defense at the small forward position. We’ll see how they do.

3. Boston Celtics

The Celtics are the favorite in the east this year, with LeBron being in the western conference. Nothing paramount has happened in their off-season. Last year, Kyrie Irving did not play the last part of the regular season and the playoffs because of injury and all-star small forward, Gordon Hayward, missed the whole season with a broken leg. Even though they made it to the Eastern Conference Finals. This team has a bright future in store.

4. Utah Jazz

For the Jazz nothing considerable happened in the off-season. Last year, the Jazz made it to the second round of the playoffs. They were matched up against the Rockets, with a Ricky Rubio-less team. The Jazz has a future all-star in Donovan Mitchell and the Defensive Player Of The Year with Rudy Gobert. Plus the scoring and defense that the rookie Grayson Allen will bring to the team. The future is bright for them.

5. Toronto Raptors

The Raptors were the number one seed in the east last season. During the off-season, the Raptors traded star shooting guard, DeMar DeRozan, and Jakob Poetl for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. The trade upgraded the Raptors. However, the Raptors fired their head coach, Dwayne Casey, this off-season and promoted assistant coach, Nick Nurse, to the head coach position. The Raptors will most likely be second to the Celtics in the east this season.

6. Oklahoma City Thunder

The Thunder are better if not just as good as they were last year. They traded all-star small forward, Carmelo Anthony, to the Hawks for Dennis Schroder. Those two new players will make a great addition to the bench along with the signing of Nerlens Noel.

7. Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers have gone up in rankings. This off-season they signed LeBron James, arguably the greatest player of all time. They have an adequately young team with Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, and Lonzo Ball entering their sophomore seasons and Brandon Ingram is starting his third season. Also with the addition of veteran players JaVale McGee, Rajon Rondo, Michael Beasley, and Lance Stephensen, they are a team to beat in the west. They spurred themselves farther along in the NBA.

8. Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers have had a very competent off-season. In the playoffs, they lost in the first round to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Although, they added significant role-players like Tyreke Evans, Kyle O’Quinn, and Doug McDermott. However, the Pacers didn’t resign Lance Stephenson. But the loss of Stephenson is minimal compared to the addition of three role-players.

9. Philadelphia 76ers
This off-season, the moves made by the 76ers was minimal. They lost role players such as Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova, whom both made contributions in the playoffs. They traded for Wilson Chandler, which has no significant impact on the team. Their off-season was very dotish.

10. Milwaukee Bucks
During this off-season, the Bucks made some improvements but suffered losses. Jabari Parker left the team to sign with the Chicago Bulls. Nonetheless, the team made contributions by signing Ersan Ilyasova and Brook Lopez, whom both have proved themselves time and time again.

11. Denver Nuggets
After having a moderate season, the Nuggets made improvements in the off-season. The Nuggets traded Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler and in turn, signed Isaiah Thomas. During draft day, the Nuggets drafted Michael Porter Jr. with the 14th pick.

12. Portland Trail Blazers
During the regular season, the lights shone brightly for the Trail Blazers as they had a breakout season. Then in the playoffs, were swept by the Pelicans. The team was stagnant during the off-season, making no significant changes to the team.

13. New Orleans Pelicans
After a very successful year, the Pelicans had an immediate downfall. DeMarcus Cousins had suffered a torn ACL during the regular season, an unfortunate injury. During the off-season, Rajon Rondo and DeMarcus Cousins left the Pelicans. The Pelicans look forward with optimism after adding a young core of Julius Randle, Jahlil Okafor, and Elfrid Payton.

14. San Antonio Spurs
For having an inadequate regular season, the Spurs have had an eventful off-season. The blockbuster trade for DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poetl brought the team up a level from where they were last year and with the addition of Marco Belinelli.

15. Washington Wizards
The Washington Wizards have made many improvements this year. After trading for Austin Rivers, the Wizards have an appreciable guard to come off the bench. And with the addition of Dwight Howard, they have improved at the starting center position.

16. Minnesota Timberwolves
For the Timberwolves, this off-season has been full of drama. The Timberwolves are looking to trade all-star shooting guard, Jimmy Butler, for other players to surround Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.

17. Detroit Pistons
The Pistons had an unappreciated off-season. This upcoming season they are expected to improve. The Pistons have made improvements across the board. First, the team added reigning coach of the year, Dwayne Casey. Second, the team has added to their defense after signing Zaza Pachulia and Glen Robinson. They will be a playoff team in the east for sure.

18. Miami Heat
The Miami Heat have had a mundane off-season. This off-season they made no key additions. The only thing that might help this team is if they do trade for Jimmy Butlers via the Timberwolves.

19. Dallas Mavericks
After missing the playoffs last season, the Mavericks look to bounce back this season. The Mavericks drafted a foreign superstar, Luka Doncic, who aims to be the rookie of the year. And having signed all-star center, DeAndre Jordan, the Mavericks have improved as a whole.

20. Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers had an uneventful off-season, as they fall in power rankings. After trading Austin Rivers for Marcin Gortat, the team has a starting center. The team made no key additions to make up for the loss of the all-star big man, DeAndre Jordan.

21. Memphis Grizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies haven’t had a blockbuster offseason. The Grizzlies have drafted Jaren Jackson, a promising power forward from Michigan State. And have signed role-players, Shelvin Mack and Kyle Andersen.

22. Chicago Bulls
The Bulls are a young team with much to improve on. This season they have made improvements. They added Jabari Parker, who was the second overall pick in 2014. And they drafted young big man, Wendell Carter Jr.

23. Charlotte Hornets
The Hornets have made little improvements. They signed veteran point guard, Tony Parker, and drafted Miles Bridges, a promising rookie, but ended up trading Bridges.

24. Cleveland Cavaliers
This off-season has been a bummer for the Cavaliers. After drafting Collin Sexton, the team lost LeBron James and Jeff Green in free agency. The team looks to make the playoffs, most likely being the eighth seed.

25. Phoenix Suns
The suns made huge improvements to their roster this off-season. They drafted Deandre Ayton and traded for Mikal Bridges. And out of nowhere, signed Trevor Ariza, who will make contributions to the defense.

26. Orlando Magic
After a disappointing season, the Magic tried to make improvements this off-season. They drafted Mo Bamba and kept Aaron Gordon. The team also added Justin Jackson and Timofey Mozgov, who will make contributions.

27. New York Knicks
With the Knicks missing the playoffs last year, they look to come back stronger. The team drafted Kevin Knox, who has been promising in the summer league, they look to get younger and have a bright future.

28. Sacramento Kings
This off-season the Kings drafted Marvin Bagley, passing on Wendell Carter, Luka Doncic, and Trae Young. They are getting younger, especially after trading for Ben McLemore and Deyonta Davis.

29. Brooklyn Nets
The Nets have not made any major improvements this off-season. The team has just added to their salary by trading for Kenneth Faried. And in the off-season lost Timofey Mozgov and Jeremy Lin.

30. Atlanta Hawks
This off-season the Hawks have shown they are in rebuild mode after trading away Dennis Schroder and Mike Muscala.

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