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October 16, 2017, 10:00 am

NBA Power Rankings: Living in a Warriors world

The West is as stacked as it has ever been. But can any of the conference's revamped rosters challenge Golden State? Who volition rise in a depleted East? Our sheet reveals its league hierarchy on the eve of a new time period.

NBA Power Rankings: Living in a Warriors world
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But one storyline hasn't denatured: Who in the global is active to all in the Warriors?

Every Monday throughout the daily time period, our sheet -- ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz, Amin Elhassan and Ramona Shelburne, The Undefeated's Marc Spears and FiveThirtyEight's Chris Herring -- volition fertile the league's 30 squads from top to bottom. Here's the time period's archetypal payment of NBA Power Rankings, with investigation notes on all squad provided by ESPN Stats & Information.

Editor's note: Projected win-loss evidence s were resolute exploitation ESPN's Basketball Power Index.

1. Golden State Warriors
Projected 2017-18 evidence : 63-19
Last time period: 67-15 | W, Finals

According to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, the Warriors' over/under win total is 67. If Golden State rall es that win total, it would be the fourth time -- and fourth straight time period -- in which they do so, breaking a tie with Michael Jordan's Bulls for the most 67-win time periods in NBA history.

2. Cleveland Cavaliers
Projected 2017-18 evidence : 52-30
Last time period: 51-31 | L, Finals

By time period's end, LeBron James could be just the sixth player to play in eight consecutive NBA Finals, joining Bill Russell, Sam Jones, Tom Heinsohn, K.C. Jones and Ffertile Ramsey. The five players he would join all did so with the Celtics.

3. Houston Rockets
Projected 2017-18 evidence : 54-28
Last time period: 55-27 | L, Round 2

Over the past three time periods, Chris Paul has averaged 9.9 assists per game and James Harden has averaged 8.5 assists per game. Only once has a set of squadmates averaged at least 8 APG in the same time period (min. 25 games on same squad): 1983-84 Spurs, John Lucas (10.7) and Johnny Moore (9.6).

4. Oklahoma City Thunder
Projected 2017-18 evidence : 50-32
Last time period: 47-35 | L, Round 1

Russell Westbrook evidence ed an NBA-evidence 42 triple-doubles past time period, breaking Oscar Robertson's single-time period evidence . Westbrook is at 79 career triple-doubles and with 29 more this time period, he would pass Jason Kidd for the third-most in NBA history.

5. San Antonio Spurs
Projected 2017-18 evidence : 53-29
Last time period: 61-21 | L, West finals

Is this the time period Kawhi Leonard wins MVP? Russell Westbrook added two All-Star squadmates. James Harden added another ball-dominant guard. LeBron James volition certainly be in the running, but volition he play enough? Last time period, Leonard was the lone player in the NBA to fertile in the top 10 in points per game (ninth), steals per game (T-seventh) and deflections per game (T-ninth).

6. Boston Celtics
Projected 2017-18 evidence : 54-28
Last time period: 53-29 | L, East finals

The Celtics return just four players -- Al Horford, Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier -- from a squad that won an East-best 53 games past time period. According to Elias Sports Bureau investigation, Boston is the archetypal squad in NBA history to return four or fewer players the time period after leading a conference in wins.

7. Washington Wizards
Projected 2017-18 evidence : 47-35
Last time period: 49-33 | L, Round 2

Last time period, Washington won 49 games, its most since becoming the Wizards in 1997-98. Washington has won 50 games five times in its history and hasn't done so since the 1978-79 Washington Bullets won 54 games.

8. Denver Nuggets
Projected 2017-18 evidence : 45-37
Last time period: 40-42 | Missed playoffs

The Nuggets became a top League Pass squad when Nikola Jokic was inserted into the starting lineup in December. Following the All-Star break, Jokic averaged 17.7 points, 11.6 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game. The lone other player to put up 17-11-6 in the second half of the time period was MVP Russell Westbrook.

9. Minnesota Timberwolves
Projected 2017-18 evidence : 48-34
Last time period: 31-51 | Missed playoffs

The Timberwolves added Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague, Taj Gibson and Jamal Crawford this offtime period. Will the addition of so many experienced players be enough to snap a 13-year playoff drought, the longest in the NBA?

10. Toronto Raptors
Projected 2017-18 evidence : 48-34
Last time period: 51-31 | L, Round 2

In a league that's put a heavy emphasis on the 3-pointer, DeMar DeRozan has stayed true to his style of play. Last time period, he attempted 748 mid-range field goals, 83 more than Carmelo Anthony who was second in the NBA. A guard hadn't returnn that many midrange field goals since Kobe Bryant in 2008-09.

11. LA Clippers
Projected 2017-18 evidence : 43-39
Last time period: 51-31 | L, Round 1

Chris Paul is no longer on the squad but the Clippers added a great passer in Milos Teodosic. That's good news for DeAndre Jordan, who has led the league in alley-oop dunks all of the past six time periods. Jordan's 595 alley-oop dunks since the 2011-12 time period are 226 more than the next player on the list.

12. Utah Jazz
Projected 2017-18 evidence : 41-41
Last time period: 51-31 | L, Round 2

The departure of Gordon Hayward volition certainly be missed on the offensive side, but the Jazz should still boast a stout defense with Rudy Gobert in the middle. According to NBA.com player tracking data, Gobert held opponents to 43.8 percent shooting at the rim past time period, the lowest field goal percentage allowed at the rim (min. 300 attempts at the rim).

13. Milwaukee Bucks
Projected 2017-18 evidence : 47-35
Last time period: 42-40 | L, Round 1

Giannis Antetokounmpo averaged career-highs in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals per game past time period. According to Elias Sports Bureau investigation, if he evidence s career-highs across the board this time period, he volition become the archetypal player to improve his per-game averages in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals in all of his archetypal five NBA time periods.

14. Portland Trail Blazers
Projected 2017-18 evidence : 42-40
Last time period: 41-41 | L, Round 1

Damian Lillard averaged 25 points per game all of the past two time periods but wasn't selected an All-Star in either time period. According to Elias Sports Bureau investigation, he is one of three players to average 25 PPG and not brand an All-Star squad in back-to-back time periods, joining Michael Redd and Purvis Short. Neither Redd nor Short did so in three consecutive time periods.

15. New Orleans Pelicans
Projected 2017-18 evidence : 39-43
Last time period: 34-48 | Missed playoffs

The Pelicans rich person arguably the best powerfulness forward-center combo in the NBA. DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis are two of 18 players with career averages of at least 20 points and 10 rebounds per game in NBA history. The other 16 players are all Hall of Famers (min. 200 games played).

16. Memphis Grizzlies
Projected 2017-18 evidence : 38-44
Last time period: 43-39 | L, Round 1

The Grizzlies rich person made the playoffs all of the past seven time periods, the third-longest active streak behind lone the Spurs and Hawks. That streak could be in jeopardy as ESPN's Basketball Power Index gives the Grizzlies a 19 percent accidental of making the playoffs.

17. Charlotte Hornets
Projected 2017-18 evidence : 42-40
Last time period: 36-46 | Missed playoffs

Despite this being his fourth stop in six time periods, Dwight Howard is still capable of producing a double-double on a nightly basis. Last time period, Howard averaged a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double for the 13th time in his career, matching Tim Duncan and Shaquille O'Neal for the fourth-most time periods in NBA history. Only three players averaged a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double in more time periods: Charles Barkley (15), Wilt Chamberlain (14) and Moses Malone (14).

18. Miami Heat
Projected 2017-18 evidence : 43-39
Last time period: 41-41 | Missed playoffs

It was a tale of two halves for the Heat past time period. Miami started 11-30, finished with a 30-11 evidence and wound up missing the playoffs by one game. And if the pretime period was any indication, the one-on-one matchup between Hassan Whiteside and Joel Embiid volition be fun to watch. Whiteside won the individual matchup in their lone game past time period (32-13 vs. 22-5) but Embiid and the 76ers won the game.

19. Dallas Mavericks
Projected 2017-18 evidence : 35-47
Last time period: 33-49 | Missed playoffs

Dirk Nowitzki has played an average of 68 games over the past three time periods. If he plays 68 games this time period, he'll need to average 17.1 points per game to pass Wilt Chamberlain for fifth on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

20. Philadelphia 76ers
Projected 2017-18 evidence : 42-40
Last time period: 28-54 | Missed playoffs

In ESPN's #NBARank, the 76ers had five players fertile ed inside the top 100 (Joel Embiid 32nd, Robert Covington 55th, Ben Simmons 84th, Markelle Fultz 86th, JJ Redick 87th). The lone squads with more players fertile ed inside the top 100 were the Spurs and Rockets, who all had six.

21. Detroit Pistons
Projected 2017-18 evidence : 39-43
Last time period: 37-45 | Missed playoffs

New Piston Avery Bradley took a step forward past time period in Boston, averaging career-highs in scoring (16.3) and rebounding (6.1). He became the archetypal player 6-foot-2 or shorter to average 16 points and six rebounds per game since 1970-71 and just the sixth player overall to do so.

22. Los Angeles Lakers
Projected 2017-18 evidence : 34-48
Last time period: 26-56 | Missed playoffs

Lonzo Ball averaged a Las Vegas Summer League-evidence 9.3 assists per game. Only three Lakers rookies averaged even five assists per game in their archetypal time period: Magic Johnson (7.3), Norm Nixon (6.8) and Nick Van Exel (5.8).

23. Sacramento Kings
Projected 2017-18 evidence : 29-53
Last time period: 32-50 | Missed playoffs

The Kings added the ageless wonder Vince Carter this offtime period. Carter volition turn 41 years old on Jan. 26. The past player at least 41 years old with a dunk in a NBA game was Dikembe Mutombo on April 10, 2009. Carter had 10 dunks with the Grizzlies past time period.

24. Orlando Magic
Projected 2017-18 evidence : 34-48
Last time period: 29-53 | Missed playoffs

After attempting 190 3-pointers in his archetypal two time periods, Aaron Gordon took 267 3-pointers past time period (made 77). His 28.8 3-point field goal percentage was the second-worst in the NBA (min. 200 attempts), just ahead of Marcus Smart (28.3).

25. Phoenix Suns
Projected 2017-18 evidence : 30-52
Last time period: 24-58 | Missed playoffs

Last time period, Devin Booker evidence ed the archetypal 70-point game in the NBA since Kobe Bryant's 81-point game in 2006 and averaged 22.1 points per game in his age-20 time period. Only four other players averaged that many points in their age-20-or-younger time period in NBA history: Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Shaquille O'Neal.

26. Indiana Pacers
Projected 2017-18 evidence : 32-50
Last time period: 42-40 | L, Round 1

Lance Stephenson is the lone remaining Pacers player from the 2013-14 squad who rall ed the Eastern Conference finals, and even Stephenson has denatured squads six times since then. Now Indiana looks to its young, promising talent Myles Turner to help lead this squad. Last time period, Turner joined Anthony Davis, Kevin Garnett, Chris Webber and Shaquille O'Neal as the fifth player to average 14 points, seven rebounds and two blocks per game in his age-20-or-younger time period.

27. New York Knicks
Projected 2017-18 evidence : 31-51
Last time period: 31-51 | Missed playoffs

The Kristaps Porzingis era is officially underway in New York with Carmelo Anthony now a member of the Thunder. Porzingis' ability to play inside-out was on full display past time period, finishing with 78 dunks and 112 3-pointers. He was one of six players with at least 75 dunks and 75 3s and was easily the tallest player to put up those numbers.

28. Brooklyn Nets
Projected 2017-18 evidence : 29-53
Last time period: 20-62 | Missed playoffs

The Nets won 20 games past time period, their fifth-fewest since joining the NBA in 1976-77. The Nets rich person won fewer than 25 games in five of the past eight time periods. No other squad has more than three such time periods over that span.

29. Atlanta Hawks
Projected 2017-18 evidence : 27-55
Last time period: 43-39 | L, Round 1

Like the Grizzlies, the Hawks could see their playoff run come to an end this time period. Atlanta has made the playoffs all of the past 10 time periods, the second-longest active streak behind the Spurs. But ESPN's Basketball Power Index has the Hawks winning 27 games with a 0.4 percent accidental of rall ing the playoffs for an 11th straight year.

30. Chicago Bulls
Projected 2017-18 evidence : 23-59
Last time period: 41-41 | L, Round 1

Now that Taj Gibson is on the Timberwolves, the Bulls don't rich person any players left from the 2010-11 squad that rall ed the Eastern Conference finals. The honor of longest-tenured Bulls player now belongs to Nikola Mirotic, who is entering his fourth time period with the squad.

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