In just a couple of days, the 2016 NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers will be hosting a season opener against the New York Knicks. But before the games commence, let’s take a look first at the NBA power rankings 2016-2017.
Although the Cavaliers ended up as the world champs last season, the online world has not been very kind with their accomplishment. Apparently, many still consider GSW as the team to beat. Do you agree?
NBA Power Rankings 2016-2017
- Golden State Warriors
Although the Golden State Warriors lost last season’s NBA finals, no one could ever take away the fact that they broke an NBA record —a record that was made by the famous 1996 Chicago Bulls led by Michael Jordan.
But, is it safe to say that they’re still the team to beat? Will the name Kevin Durant enough to answer this question?
According to Today’s Fastbreak, the Warriors will surely dominate teams with their Curry-Klay-Iggy-KD-Draymond lineup. The mere fact that they replaced one of their starters with Kevin Durant, one can easily tell that the Warriors are preparing for another final bout against the Cavs.
- Cleveland Cavaliers
Fox Sports projected that the Cavs might ‘bounce up and down a few spots as the season progresses.’ Further, the team has managed to keep its core together from last season and hardly changed its roster. This could either give them a positive or a negative effect come next season.
- San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs lost a big piece when Tim Duncan decided to retire, but there is no doubting this team’s ability to play fundamental basketball perfectly. For almost two decades, Gregg Popovich and the Spurs have been highly regarded by the league, that’s why it’s easy to suggest that they are still a threat of a playoff run.
- Los Angeles Clippers
‘Injuries, dysfunction, bad stretches and bad big games‘ just cost them a season. The Clippers are always described as a top 5 team, but could they manage to pull off a convincing season this time? Let’s see.
- Toronto Raptors
For this spot, the Toronto Raptors post a small edge against the Boston Celtics based on their performance and impressive signs in a preseason. Plus, their playoff run last season was also something to consider.