The way too early NBA Power Rankings
It’s not even mid-way through June and we are just three days removed from the Golden State Warriors winning their second consecutive title, which means it’s a perfect time to get a jumpstart on some WAY TOO early NBA Power Rankings!
Yay!! Why not??
Okay, you might be sitting here thinking, umm… No, not yet, but this list of rankings is a pretty fun way to speculate and who doesn’t like to speculate!?
Oh hey, top three teams…
1. Golden State Warriors
No explanation needed, right? Yes, Durant is a free agent, but, he’s already reportedly said he will be re-signing. And, let’s be honest don’t we all think he wants to stay and rack up more championships?
Yeah, life’s not fair sometimes.
2. Houston Rockets
First off, slotting the Rockets at No. 2, we are assuming Chris Paul isn’t going anywhere in free agency…
Second, how bad do you wish that this Rockets team was in the East just so we could’ve had a better NBA Finals this season?
Houston was obviously the closest team to taking out the Warriors with James Harden, Chris Paul and young gun Clint Capela running the show. It’s going to be interesting, though, because of the money situation and CP3 being an unrestricted free agent this summer. Houston has to re-sign Paul and Capela for something close to max deals and then the Rockets have to think about free agent Trevor Ariza. In short, Clutch City could turn into Cash City real quick.
Oh hey, top three teams (cont.)
3. Whatever team LeBron James ends up on, duh
It’s LeBron James free agency world and we’re all just living in it…
Here are just a few of the rumors on potential landing spots for LeBron…
--James and Paul George might be talking about joining each other with the Lakers– that’s according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski
--ESPN’s Chris Haynes says LeBron has, of course, been linked to the Rockets, yet it’s “not a realistic” option
--Wojnarowski has also reported that the 76ers plan to go after James and Paul George with a maximum contract slot
--LeBron’s name has also been linked to the Celtics, Lakers, Warriors and Heat as other reported options.
Hello, Eastern Conference teams… Welcome to the mix
No. 3. Philadelphia 76ers (Because you can’t count a LeBron team that doesn’t exist yet)
This is a team that has many people saying, “trusting the process” has worked.
Philadelphia went through the whole rebuild and with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid leading the charge now things are sunny in Philadelphia again.
Even with no LeBron, another year of the process the Sixers could be a real force again next season.
4. Boston Celtics
When you think of a team that has a super bright future in the league, who do you think of?? The Celtics, perhaps? It’s only logically to think with Irving and Hayward back healthy, the Cs will be back to being a top team yet again. Plus Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum another year older…
5. Toronto Raptors
It’s the regular season… The Raptors totally got this! Ooohhh sorry, Toronto fans. Too soon?
At least for next season, the Raptors appear to be pretty locked into with the big contracts of Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and Serge Ibaka.
The rest off the top 10
6. Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota finally snapped its playoff drought (last appearance 2004) and with a healthy Jimmy Butler leading the Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins train the T-Wolves should improve next season.
7. Utah Jazz
No Gordon Hayward? It seemed to be no problem for the Jazz. Utah surprised a lot of people after losing Hayward, and still making it to the second round of the playoffs.
Enter superstar in the making, Donovan Mitchell and the tandem of him and Rudy Gobert and you’ve got a fun Jazz team to watch.
8. New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis was on a mission as the Pelicans went next level on the Blazers to sweep Portland in the first round. New Orleans’s big offseason decision will be what do they do with DeMarcus Cousins? Cousins is an unrestricted free agent, but of course with him coming off the Achilles injury that could, obviously, change things.
The rest off the top 10 (cont.)
9. Portland Trail Blazers
It would be easier to feel more confident in the Blazers if they had made the second round of the playoffs, but with Damian Lillard leading this roster you shouldn't bet against a Dame playing in his prime. The question mark right now surrounding Portland is-- will the Blazers re-sign restricted free agent Jusuf Nurkic? Most likely they will, unless Nurkic demands too much money in the free agent market.
10. San Antonio Spurs
If the Kawhi Leonard situation and his health both get figured out you can count on Greg Popovich to gets his team back in the top ten. The Spurs went 47-35 this past season and ended up losing in the first round of the playoffs, but if San Antonio is able to patch things up with Kawhi and sign him to an extension this summer, as many news outlets are now reporting, all bets are off.
And then there’s the teams pretty much will be looking to play for the lottery
Brooklyn Nets (When will the Nets ever get out of the lottery?)
Los Angeles Lakers ***Unless Paul George does in face go to LA??