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Now that we're previewed all 30 NBA teams, ranking them from Tanking Teams to Lottery Leaders to Warriors Wannabes, it leads right into our NBA Power Rankings. And since we took the time to reverse rank all 30, it only make sense to swap that order in the first edition of this year's Power Rankings, with the Golden State Warriors obviously sitting in the top spot.


Here's the full list of previews, which also ultimately kicks off our NBA Power Rankings (1-30).


Tanking Teams: These teams are are fighting for the No. 1 pick.

No. 30 Atlanta Hawks
No. 29 Sacramento Kings
No. 28 Orlando Magic
No. 27 Phoenix Suns
No. 26 Chicago Bulls
No. 25 New York Knicks
No. 24 Los Angeles Clippers
No. 23 Brooklyn Nets
​No. 22 Dallas Mavericks
​No. 21 Cleveland Cavaliers


Lottery Leaders: These could make the playoffs, or they could land in the lottery.

​No. 20 Memphis Grizzlies
​No. 19 Charlotte Hornets

​No. 18 Detroit Pistons
​No. 17 Miami Heat
​No. 16 Minnesota Timberwolves
​​No. 15 Indiana Pacers
​No. 14 Portland Trail Blazers 
​No. 13 New Orleans Pelicans
​No. 12 Washington Wizards 
​No. 11 San Antonio Spurs

Warriors Wannabes: Likely playoff teams and possible title contenders.

​No. 10 Milwaukee Bucks
​No. 9 Denver Nuggets
​No. 8 Los Angeles Lakers
​No. 7 Oklahoma City Thunder
​No. 6 Utah Jazz

​No. 5 Toronto Raptors

​No. 4 Philadelphia 76ers

​No. 3 Boston Celtics

​No. 2 Houston Rockets


Golden State Warriors: The Warriors are in a league by themselves. 

​No. 1 Golden State Warriors


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