Preseason NBA Betting Power Rankings
So how do the league’s 30 franchises rank going into training camp? Let’s take a look at some preseason NBA betting power rankings:
#30 Philadelphia 76ers
It was wise to draft Jahlil Okafor so that the team would have a center, now that Joel Embiid is set to miss his second straight season with foot problems.
#29 Denver Nuggets
Denver did draft exciting point guard Emmanuel Mudiay. Other than that, they will be in the dregs of the West.
#28 Sacramento Kings
Who will explode first – George Karl or DeMarcus Cousins? It’s a shame that owner Vivek Ranadive can’t keep being the Jerry Jones of the NBA.
#27 Minnesota Timberwolves
The team has brought in Kevin Garnett to mentor the likes of Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns. This could get exciting.
#26 New York Knicks
The team signed four free agents, the most impressive of whom was Arron Affalo. Hmmm.
#25 Portland Trail Blazers
Eighty percent of the starting lineup is gone. Damian Lillard is the only one left, so they gave him a $120 million extension.
#24 Indiana Pacers
Roy Hibbert and David West are gone, so the Pacers will now play small ball with Paul George.
#23 Charlotte Hornets
Bringing in Jeremy Lin could make this an interesting year. Thank goodness they’re in the East.
#22 Dallas Mavericks
No, signing Zaza Pachulia isn’t the same as signing DeAndre Jordan, even if J.J. Barea signed an extension.
#21 Orlando Magic
Scott Skiles is here to coach a talented young backcourt and the intriguing draft pick Mario Hezonja.
#20 Detroit Pistons
Detroit definitely overpaid to lock Reggie Jackson down for five years, especially since he’s the fourth point guard under contract.
#19 Brooklyn Nets
They brought back Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young, but they bought out Deron Williams.
#18 Los Angeles Lakers
This could be Roy Hibbert’s Renaissance, and this will be Kobe Bryant’s final season.
#17 Phoenix Suns
Tyson Chandler signed to defend the rim for $52 million, and they brought back Brandon Knight too. Playoffs?
#16 Utah Jazz
A strong core of Derrick Favors, Rudy Gobert and Gordon Hayward could push this team into the playoffs.
#15 Miami Heat
Yes, Dwyane Wade re-signed with the Heat for $20 million. Can they make the playoffs?
#14 Boston Celtics
The Celts re-signed Jonas Jerebko and Jae Crowder while trading for David Lee and bringing in free agent Amir Johnson.
#13 Milwaukee Bucks
Greg Monroe didn’t want to play for New York or the Lakers, because Milwaukee offered him $50 million. Did you read that right?
#12 New Orleans Pelicans
Franchise icon Anthony Davis signed a $145 million extension. Let’s hope he doesn’t become the latest big man with foot problems.
#11 Toronto Raptors
Sixty million was a lot to pay for DeMarre Carroll, but he does give the team their edge.
#10 Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal and John Wall must elevate their games next year. Paul Pierce left for the Clippers.
#9 Atlanta Hawks
Mike Budenholzer is now the coach and general manager. The team brought Paul Millsap back for a cool $59 million.
#8 Chicago Bulls
Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg is now running the Bulls, and the team inked Jimmy Butler to a deal worth $94 million over five seasons.
#7 Memphis Grizzlies
They brought back All-NBA center Marc Gasol and brought in Brandan Wright to help control the rim.
#6 Houston Rockets
Dwight Howard and MVP runner-up James Harden are the offensive gatekeepers of this team.
#5 Los Angeles Clippers
Paul Pierce and Blake Griffin and Chris Paul are all more important to the team than the one who got the most press – DeAndre Jordan.
#4 Oklahoma City Thunder
Serge Ibaka, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are a dream lineup for new coach Billy Donovan. If they can stay healthy.
#3 San Antonio Spurs
Adding LaMarcus Aldridge and David West while extending Kawhi Leonard are good steps to get Tim Duncan his sixth ring.
#2 Cleveland Cavaliers
LeBron might be the best player in the world. Does he have the right supporting cast?
#1 Golden State Warriors
MVP Stephen Curry is just the ringleader of the Smallball Circus and the defending NBA champs.