As the NBA season approaches, it brings with it predictions and preseason power rankings. Off season moves such as free agency signings and trades are a big factor when considering which team will be a championship contender and which will come up short of a playoff spot.
Power rankings normally indicate the reigning champion for the number one spot out of all 30 teams. However, with championship caliber teams bringing in new additions to their roster, it makes it even more difficult to predict who will be the better basketball team.
The NBA’s MVP Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors will hold the number one spot as they had the best record in the NBA last year, in addition to winning the NBA finals.
The number two slot belongs to the runner up, the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are led by LeBron James, arguably the best player in the NBA. James’ ability to make everyone around him play better is what tempts more talented players to join his team.
James’ five consecutive NBA final appearances two of which he won are testaments to his skill. The number three spot belongs to the San Antonio Spurs. Although many of the team members are older, they are still performing well.
New additions, LaMarcus Aldridge and David West will save some court time for the veteran Tim Duncan. The Oklahoma City Thunder, led by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, takes the number four spot.
With two of the best players in the league, there has been anticipation building that this dynamic duo will be enough to take the team to the top. Westbrook’s electrifying play style and Durant’s elite skill and sharpshooting have the ability to make a good run if they both remain healthy on the court.
These two are by far the best duo in the league and can really take it over the top this season. At the number five spot it is the Los Angeles Clippers, as they have the most polished roster in the NBA with the resigning of DeAndre Jordan and free agency pickups of Paul Pierce, Josh Smith and Lance Stephenson.
Their bench boasts a solid one which has Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith, Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers. With the talent they have on this team a playoff spot should be a walk in the park, but what will they do when it’s crunch time and need a big win in a big playoff series?
This season should be a good one as there are new faces on new teams, but just because the roster on a team looks nice on paper it does