NBA Preseason Power Rankings

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

Atlantic Division

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The Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors look to try and topple LeBron James and the Cavs this season by bringing in new faces and more talent. The Celtics and Raptors are clearly two playoff teams and possibly championship contenders, while the Knicks and Nets look to rebuild their teams with the young stars they have in Porzingis and Russell. The 76ers, however could be looking at a playoff berth this year if Embiid and Simmons can stay healthy.

Central Division

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Cleveland and Milwaukee are almost absolutely headed to the playoffs from this division. LeBron James looks to add another ring to his collection and has a lot more help this year with Cleveland adding key players like Derrick Rose, Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, and Dwyane Wade. Giannis and the Bucks will look to be a top seed in the East this year and possibly make it outside the first round. Detroit is another hit or miss this season since they could be a playoff team, but like last season could also be disappointing. Indiana and Chicago are in a clear rebuild since they lost their stars over the summer and both got nearly nothing near their stars’ worth in return.

Southeast Division

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The Washington Wizards will in my opinion be the most slept on team in the NBA and will probably be the third seed in the East. John Wall and company play some of the most energetic and exciting basketball in the league, and should be on course for big things this year. Miami and Charlotte should be two more playoff teams this year in the weak East. Charlotte with the addition of Dwight Howard could be back to the post season, but it is all up to Kemba Walker. Orlando and Atlanta will continue to be what they have been for years now as just boring and garbage franchises.

Northwest Division

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Minnesota, Oklahoma City, Portland, Utah, and Denver looks to be an exciting division since all five teams can make the playoffs. I expect big things from OKC and Minnesota this year after all the big acquisitions. Jimmy Butler added to the young Timberwolves adds even more explosive and athletic play. OKC looks able to challenge Golden State this year since they added Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. Portland should be in for another successful year from their backcourt of Lillard and McCollum. Denver and Utah are both easily playoff teams in the East, but since they’re out West they might not make it this year in the more competitive conference.

Pacific Division

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Obviously Golden State runs this division and the entire NBA, so the rest of the division is a toss up. This is a weaker division for right now mainly because Golden State is the only real threat to win a championship. This division is very young, especially Sacramento. Fox, Hield, Jackson, and Cauley-Stein headline their future and will be a force down the road. Phoenix has the young wings of Booker and Josh Jackson who can both be all stars and 20+ point scorers in the future. The biggest story here this summer was in LA, when Lonzo Ball was drafted to the Lakers and brought hope back to the organization. Since nobody cares about the Clippers, Lonzo and the Lakers will be the most anticipated team to see this year in the Pacific.

Southwest Division

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Another deep division in the West, San Antonio headlines the Southwest Division. In my opinion, Kawhi Leonard is the best all around player in the NBA. He was the key to defeating Golden State last year, but due to injury San Antonio lost. Memphis and New Orleans look to get back into the playoffs this year and will probably do so. Dallas will showcase their exciting rookie Dennis Smith Jr. and possibly say goodbye to Dirk Nowitzki. Houston added Chris Paul and if he meshes well with Harden the Rockets could be right up at the top of the West.

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