Media Day is behind us and training camp is in full swing.
So, as we enter the early stages of the NBA preseason, here are our way-too-early power rankings, based mostly off the offseason moves made by teams:
Miami Heat (Darnell Mayberry): If Greg Oden and Michael Beasley pan out, look out.
Miami Heat (Anthony Slater): No reason to bet against LeBron James at this point.
Oklahoma City Thunder (DM): It’s crazy how many doubters are out there. This is still an elite team.
San Antonio Spurs (AS): Four months ago, this team was one rebound from a title. Write them off at your own risk
San Antonio Spurs: As long as Popovich, Parker, Duncan and Ginobili are in the mix they have a shot at the title.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Of the Thunder’s six postseason losses, all were by single-digits and none came with Russell Westbrook.
Chicago Bulls (DM): Think of Derrick Rose’s return as the Bulls landing the best free agent available this summer.
Los Angeles Clippers (AS): Hard to overstate the difference between Vinny Del Negro and Doc Rivers.
Indiana Pacers (DM): I love the additions of Luis Scola and C.J. Watson, and the return of Danny Granger can’t hurt, either.
Indiana Pacers (AS): Nightmare matchup for Miami. But can Roy Hibbert play as effectively against everyone else?
Brooklyn Nets (DM): Lots of questions in Brooklyn but lots of talent, too.
Houston Rockets (AS): If the star-stockpiling Big 3 era has taught us anything: It takes time to gel, no matter the talent.
Los Angeles Clippers (DM): They’re still one player away from title contention, but they’ll make noise in the regular season.
Memphis Grizzlies (AS): Lionel Hollins is gone, but the defensive-minded roster remains intact.
Houston Rockets (DM): Can James Harden and Dwight Howard coexist?
Brooklyn Nets (AS): See: Houston Rockets explanation.
Golden State Warriors (DM): The questions here will be how will the departed players alter team chemistry, and how will the new pieces fit?
Golden State Warriors (AS): Not a much more entertaining team, especially when Steph Curry is unconscious from 30 feet out.
New York Knicks (DM): You can pencil them in for another 50-win season.
Chicago Bulls (AS): Remember when Derrick Rose’s brother went off about the lack of surrounding talent in Chicago? It’s essentially the same.
Memphis Grizzlies (DM): Letting go of Lionel Hollins made zero sense, and it could be costly this year.
New York Knicks (AS): Fifty wins, three or four seed, disappointing early exit. Rinse, repeat.
Minnesota Timberwolves (DM): The only question at this point is can they stay healthy.
Minnesota Timberwolves (AS): They haven’t made the playoffs since 2004. This team has a legit change to change that.
Portland Trail Blazers (DM): They had perhaps the most underrated offseason. But what’s the deal with LaMarcus Aldridge? Is he happy?
Denver Nuggets (AS): Little Nate Robinson and you-never-know-what-he’ll-do-next JaVale McGee. Should be entertaining, if nothing else.
Cleveland Cavaliers (DM): Kyrie Irving is by far the best player 21 or younger. He will get the Cavs into the playoffs.
Atlanta Hawks (AS): Josh Smith’s steady production was extremely underrated the past few years. He’ll be missed.
Dallas Mavericks (DM): The Mavs quietly had a nice little summer, adding scoring, size and depth.
Dallas Mavericks (AS): This franchise has been .500 or better for 13 straight seasons. Dirk and Rick Carlisle should find a way to make it 14.
Denver Nuggets (DM): They could be horrid defensively. But their offense will be incredible.
Cleveland Cavaliers (AS): Really like Kyrie Irving. Really like the supporting cast they’re building around him.
Washington Wizards (DM): John Wall got the max deal he coveted. Now it’s time to prove he’s worth it.
Portland Trail Blazers (AS): Thirteen losses in a row to end last season. They’re not as bad as that sounds.
New Orleans Pelicans (DM): The new nickname does nothing for me. But the talent they’re assembling sure does.
Los Angeles Lakers (AS): A 35-year-old, coming off an Achilles tear, with 17 years of mileage on his tires. Sounds daunting, but we’re talking about Kobe Bryant.
Los Angeles Lakers (DM): Get well soon, Kobe
Washington Wizards (AS): John Wall showed plenty of promise at the end of last season.
Detroit Pistons (DM): If you’re hitching your wagon to Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings you’re in trouble.
Detroit Pistons (AS): Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings bring plenty of talent to Detroit. But will that translate to more wins?
Toronto Raptors (DM): Looking for a reason for optimism? They went 17-16 from Feb. 1 on last year.
Sacramento Kings (AS): DeMarcus Cousins just got a four-year max deal, meaning his development, both physically and mentally, could make or break the franchise.
Milwaukee Bucks (DM): Bucks just can’t get off the treadmill of mediocrity. This year will be no different.
Milwaukee Bucks (AS): O.J. Mayo in Milwaukee. Sounds kinda interesting.
Atlanta Hawks (DM): Some people actually like the Hawks going into this season. Not me.
New Orleans Pelicans (AS): New name and a new backcourt. Will be interesting to see how Tyreke Evans and Jrue Holiday mesh.
Sacramento Kings (DM): DeMarcus Cousins dictates which direction the Kings go. So far, that’s still a bad thing.
Toronto Raptors (AS): Man, the bottom of the league is truly terrible this year.
Boston Celtics (DM): Sure, it’s the Boston Celtics. But surely Brad Stevens could have held out for something better.
Boston Celtics (AS): The biggest early-season storyline will likely surround Rajon Rondo’s trade value.
Orlando Magic (DM): Outside of Maurice Harkless and Victor Oladipo’s Rookie of the Year tour, there won’t be much to get excited about here.
Phoenix Suns (AS): Eric Bledsoe’s going to finally get big minutes. Let’s see how good he is.
Charlotte Bobcats (DM): In his nine seasons, Al Jefferson’s teams have gone 281-441. And now he’s a Bobcat.
Orlando Magic (AS): Tons of young talent, but still a couple years away.
Utah Jazz (DM): Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter will be fun to watch.
Charlotte Bobcats (AS): Do they have a player who could beat their owner 1-on-1?
Phoenix Suns (DM): This is just a bad, bad basketball team.
Utah Jazz (AS): When you willfully take on the expiring contracts of Richard Jefferson and Andris Biedrins, well, I’m not sure ‘this season’ is at the forefront of your plans.
Philadelpia 76ers (DM): Hope Andrew Wiggins likes cheesesteak.
Philadelphia 76ers (AS): A blueprint on how to properly tank before the season even starts.
16 Week Curriculum With Instructions, Lesson Plans & CNG Conversion Kit