NBA POWER RANKINGS: Where all 30 teams stand entering training camp

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The NBA is back!

… Even though it felt as if it never went away.

The NBA has mastered the art of keeping basketball relevant, even when games are over. After a dramatic, exciting NBA Finals, there was the draft, followed by as hectic a free-agency period as the league has ever seen, and then in August and most of September, the league finally has taken a breather.

As teams head to training camp, here’s a look at where each team stands after a wild off-season.

1. Golden State Warriors

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2014 record: 67-15, 1st in West

Key additions: Jason Thompson

Key losses: David Lee

One thing to know: The Warriors kept their team together while quietly adding an impactful backup big man in Thompson. They still look like the best team in the West.

2. Cleveland Cavaliers

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2014 record: 53-29, 2nd in East

Key additions: Mo Williams, Richard Jefferson

Key losses: none

One thing to know: The Cavs also brought back their whole core from last season. Tristan Thompson will be back eventually, too, but his ongoing standoff with the Cavs is still a concern for the overall team atmosphere.

3. San Antonio Spurs

2014 record: 55-27, 6th in West

Key additions: LaMarcus Aldridge, David West, Ray McCallum Jr.

Key losses: Tiago Splitter, Cory Joseph, Aron Baynes

One thing to know: The Spurs nabbed the biggest free agent of the summer and built a juggernaut for what could be Tim Duncan’s last hurrah. Age and durability are legitimate concerns for this group, however.

4. Los Angeles Clippers

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2014 record: 56-26, 3rd in West

Key additions: Josh Smith, Paul Pierce, Lance Stephenson, Cole Aldrich

Key losses: Matt Barnes, Spencer Hawes

One thing to know: Despite the DeAndre Jordan free-agency drama, the Clippers fixed their biggest weakness and added much-needed depth and talent.

5. Houston Rockets

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2014 record: 56-26, 2nd in West

Key additions: Ty Lawson, Marcus Thornton, Sam Dekker

Key losses: Josh Smith

One thing to know: The addition of Lawson could take a ton of pressure off James Harden to run the show on offense.

6. Oklahoma City Thunder

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2014 record: 45-37, 9th in West

Key additions: Billy Donovan (coach)

Key losses: none

One thing to know: The Thunder retained the same roster they built through trades last year, in hopes that with some health luck from Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Serge Ibaka, they can contend in the West again.

7. Chicago Bulls

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2014 record: 50-32, 3rd in East

Key additions: Fred Hoiberg (coach)

Key losses: none

One thing to know: The Bulls fired Tom Thibodeau and hired Hoiberg. They’re betting a coaching change and a little bit of luck is all that’s needed to contend in the weak East.

8. Memphis Grizzlies

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2014 record: 55-27, 5th in West

Key additions: Brandan Wright, Matt Barnes

Key losses: Kosta Koufos

One thing to know: In a stacked Western Conference, the Grizzlies still seem a notch below the top contenders.

9. Miami Heat

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2014 record: 37-45, 10th in East

Key additions: Justise Winslow, Amar’e Stoudemire, Gerald Green

Key losses: Shabazz Napier

One thing to know: The Heat re-signed Goran Dragic and Dwyane Wade, stole Winslow in the draft, added some much-needed depth, and will get Chris Bosh back this year. On paper, they have one of the most intriguing rosters in the league.

10. Atlanta Hawks

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2014 record: 60-22

Key additions: Tiago Splitter, Tim Hardaway Jr.

Key losses: DeMarre Carroll

One thing to know: The Hawks were two different teams last year: defensive juggernauts with a pass-happy, Spurs-like offense, and then a slightly above-average team on both ends that got rocked by the Cavs in the playoffs. After losing their best perimeter defender in Carroll, which team will we see this year?

11. Washington Wizards

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2014 record: 46-36, 5th in East

Key additions: Jared Dudley, Alan Anderson, Gary Neal

Key losses: Paul Pierce

One thing to know: The Wizards gave into the small-ball movement in the playoffs, and it worked. It looks as if their off-season moves were geared toward continuing that strategy.

12. New Orleans Pelicans

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2014 record: 45-37, 8th in West

Key additions: Alvin Gentry (coach)

Key losses: none

One thing to know: The Pelicans hired Gentry, the engineer behind the Warriors’ offense last year, to bring Anthony Davis and Co. to the next level.

13. Phoenix Suns

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2014 record: 39-43, 10th in West

Key additions: Tyson Chandler, Mirza Teletovic, Devin Booker

Key losses: Marcus Morris, Gerald Green

One thing to know: The Suns got a talent boost this off-season, but they face a dilemma with Markieff Morris demanding out.

14. Toronto Raptors

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2014 record: 49-33, 4th in East

Key additions: DeMarre Carroll, Cory Joseph, Bismack Biyombo, Luis Scola

Key losses: Lou Williams, Amir Johnson, Greivis Vasquez

One thing to know: After flaming out of the playoffs in four games, did the Raptors tinker enough with the edges to get that much better?

15. Milwaukee Bucks

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2014 record: 41-41, 6th in East

Key additions: Greg Monroe, Greivis Vasquez, Chris Copeland

Key losses: Ersan Ilyasova

One thing to know: The Bucks added a big-name free agent in Monroe and are hoping for further internal development from the likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, and Jabari Parker.

16. Utah Jazz

2014 record: 38-44, 11th in West

Key additions: Trey Lyles

Key losses: none

One thing to know: The Jazz were one of the best teams in the Western Conference after the All-Star break, ranking first in defensive efficiency over the final two months. Like the Bucks, they’re hoping for more internal improvement from a young, promising core.

17. Boston Celtics

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2014 record: 40-42, 7th in East

Key additions: David Lee, Amir Johnson

Key losses: Brandon Bass

One thing to know: The Celtics have a roster busting with role players and trade assets, but Brad Stevens showed last year he could turn them into a competitive playoff team.

18. Dallas Mavericks

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2014 record: 50-32, 7th in West

Key additions: Wesley Matthews, Deron Williams, Zaza Pachulia

Key losses: Tyson Chandler, Rajon Rondo, Amar’e Stoudemire, Richard Jefferson

One thing to know: The Mavs lost the DeAndre Jordan sweepstakes, overpaid Matthews coming off a torn Achilles, and put together a ramshackle center rotation. Dirk Nowitzki and Rick Carlisle can keep the offense going, but the defense will be rough.

19. Charlotte Hornets

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2014 record: 33-49, 11th in East

Key additions: Nicolas Batum, Jeremy Lin, Frank Kaminsky, Spencer Hawes

Key losses: Lance Stephenson, Bismack Biyombo

One thing to know: The Hornets geared their off-season to adding shooting and playmakers to help a sturdy defense. If it all comes together, they’ll fight for a playoff spot.

20. New York Knicks

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2014 record: 17-65, 15th in East

Key additions: Robin Lopez, Arron Afflalo, Derrick Williams, Kyle O’Quinn, Kristaps Porzingis, Jerian Grant

Key losses: Tim Hardaway Jr., Andrea Bargnani, Shane Larkin, Cole Aldrich, Jason Smith

One thing to know: The Knicks retooled in a smart, albeit modest, way this off-season. If Carmelo Anthony is healthy and intriguing rookie Porzingis can contribute right away, they could fight into a playoff spot.

21. Indiana Pacers

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2014 record: 38-44, 9th in East

Key additions: Monta Ellis, Jordan Hill, Chase Budinger, Myles Turner

Key losses: Roy Hibbert, David West

One thing to know: Even if Paul George isn’t thrilled about it, the Pacers are going small, which might be enough to make up for a very shallow frontcourt.

22. Brooklyn Nets

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2014 record: 38-44, 8th in East

Key additions: Andrea Bargnani, Shane Larkin, Wayne Ellington

Key losses: Deron Williams, Mason Plumlee

One thing to know: The Nets had a quiet off-season, but they still have two All-Stars in Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson, the latter of whom is reportedly happy Williams is gone.

23. Detroit Pistons

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2014 record: 32-50, 12th in East

Key additions: Ersan Ilyasova, Marcus Morris, Stanley Johnson

Key losses: Greg Monroe

One thing to know: The Pistons got rid of a frontcourt jam with Monroe and Andre Drummond, and they are building a spread offense that looks like the Orlando Magic’s did with Stan Van Gundy and Dwight Howard.

24. Orlando Magic


2014 record: 25-57, 13th in East

Key additions: Jason Smith, Shabazz Napier, Mario Hezonja

Key losses: Kyle O’Quinn, Maurice Harkless

One thing to know: The Magic may have an intriguing young core, and expect them to compete for a playoff spot this year, but unless someone makes a big leap, they still look like a lottery team.

25. Sacramento Kings

2014 record: 29-53, 13th in West

Key additions: Rajon Rondo, Kosta Koufos, Marco Belinelli, Willie Cauley-Stein

Key losses: Jason Thompson, Nik Stauskas

One thing to know: The Kings aimed high in free agency and came away with some useful scrap-heap players. They look decent on paper, but given the organizational dysfunction, lack of shooting, and brutal Western Conference, they still have a ton of question marks.

26. Los Angeles Lakers

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2014 record: 21-61, 14th in West

Key additions: Lou Williams, Roy Hibbert, Brandon Bass, D’Angelo Russell, Metta World Peace

Key losses: Jeremy Lin, Jordan Hill, Ed Davis

One thing to know: The Lakers added some pieces that should at least make them more competitive this year. Once again, they feel reliant on Kobe Bryant’s health and willingness to get others involved.

27. Minnesota Timberwolves


2014 record: 16-66, 15th in West

Key additions: Tayshaun Prince, Andre Miller, Karl Towns, Tyus Jones

Key losses: Chase Budinger

One thing to know: The Wolves have one of the most exciting young cores in the NBA and, combined with some useful veterans, will probably be much better than last year’s record.

28. Denver Nuggets

2014 record: 30-52, 12th in West

Key additions: Emmanuel Mudiay, Mike Malone (coach)

Key losses: Ty Lawson

One thing to know: The Nuggets’ outlook is hazy. Mudiay impressed at Summer League, and Malone is a great players’ coach. The team also has a roster in transition with no clear path toward getting younger or better.

29. Portland Trail Blazers

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2014 record: 51-31

Key additions: Al-Farouq Aminu, Ed Davis, Mason Plumlee, Maurice Harkless, Gerald Henderson, Noah Vonleh

Key losses: LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum, Robin Lopez

One thing to know: The Blazers rebounded well after losing 80% of their starting lineup by grabbing young, long, intriguing players, but it might be years before they’re competitive again.

30. Philadelphia 76ers

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2014 record: 18-64

Key additions: Carl Landry, Nik Stauskas, Kendall Marshall, Jahlil Okafor

Key losses: none

One thing to know: The Sixers surprised people by taking Okafor in the draft – essentially as a replacement for Joel Embiid, who is out another year. They’re still squarely in rebuilding mode.

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