NBA POWER RANKINGS: Where every team stand heading into training camp after a wild offseason


  • NBA teams are reporting to training camp, and the regular season is around the corner.
  • This offseason was a wild one that saw several star players change teams and completely re-alter the landscape of the league.
  • Heading into an anticipated season, here's where all 30 NBA teams stand.
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There hasn't been an NBA game in over three months, yet it feels like the league has not rested.

This summer was a wild one. After the draft and free agency, the landscape of the league has completely changed, in part because nine star players changed teams.

With training camps underway and the season just around the corner, here's where all 30 NBA teams stand after a hectic offseason.

* denotes rookies

30. Charlotte Hornets

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Nic Batum may now be the Hornets best player.
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2018-19 record: 39-43, 9th in East

Biggest offseason additions: Terry Rozier (G), P.J. Washington* (F)

Biggest offseason losses: Kemba Walker (G), Jeremy Lamb (G/F), Tony Parker (G), Frank Kaminsky (F/C)

Championship odds: 1000/1

What to know: The Hornets let their two best players walk for nothing in free agency. Letting Walker leave — after not trading him before not offering him the full max contract — is especially baffling. The Hornets attempted to rebound by signing Terry Rozier, but the jury is out on whether he can be an effective starting point guard. The Hornets can let their young prospects in Malik Monk, Miles Bridges, and P.J. Washington, get more run this season, but it will not be a pretty year in Charlotte.

29. Cleveland Cavaliers

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Collin Sexton will attempt to jell with rookie guard Darius Garland this season.
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2018-19 record: 19-63, 14th in East

Biggest offseason additions: Darius Garland* (G)

Biggest offseason losses: Marquese Chriss (F) 

Championship odds: 1000/1

What to know: Where the Cavs are heading is a bit unclear. They drafted sharp-shooting guard Darius Garland with the fifth pick, one year after taking point guard Collin Sexton, who had a solid rookie season but is divisive in the NBA world. Kevin Love could become a trade chip this season.

28. Washington Wizards

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Bradley Beal may be the only bright spot in Washington D.C.
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2018-19 record: 32-50, 11th in East

Biggest offseason additions: C.J. Miles (F), Isaiah Thomas (G), Rui Hachimura* (F)

Biggest offseason losses: Tomas Satoransky (G/F), Jabari Parker (F), Dwight Howard (C), Trevor Ariza (F), Bobby Portis (F/C)

Championship odds: 1000/1

What to know: Poor Bradley Beal. With John Wall likely out for the year recovering from a horrific string of injuries, the Wizards appear to be in tank mode. Beal will win them a few extra games on sheer talent, but this roster is going nowhere fast.

27. New York Knicks

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Kevin Knox's Year 2 development will be a story to monitor for the New York Knicks.
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2018-19 record: 17-65, 15th in East

Biggest offseason additions: Julius Randle (F), Bobby Portis (F/C), Taj Gibson (F/C), Elfrid Payton (G),  Marcus Morris (F), Wayne Ellington (G), R.J. Barrett* (G/F)

Biggest offseason losses: Emmanuel Mudiay (G), DeAndre Jordan (C), Mario Hezonja (G/F), Noah Vonleh (F/C)

Championship odds: 200/1

What to know: After striking out on their big-name targets in free agency, the Knicks signed a mix of talented young players and veterans to short-term deals to keep their future open. The Knicks can only go so far without one of their many young players popping and turning into an All-Star-level player.

26. Memphis Grizzlies

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Jaren Jackson Jr. will form an interesting partnership with rookie point guard Ja Morant this year.
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2018-19 record: 33-49, 12th in West

Biggest offseason additions: Andre Iguodala (F), Solomon Hill (F), Miles Plumlee (C), Jae Crowder (F), Grayson Allen (G0, Josh Jackson (G/F), Tyus Jones (G), Ja Morant* (G)

Biggest offseason losses: Mike Conley (G), Chandler Parsons (F), Delon Wright (G), Avery Bradley (G)

Championship odds: 300/1

What to know: The Grizzlies got a little lottery luck when they jumped up to second in the draft, which allowed them to draft Ja Morant, the second-best prospect behind Zion Williamson. In Morant and second-year big man Jaren Jackson Jr., the Grizzlies have a long, athletic, and intriguing young duo to build around.

25. Atlanta Hawks

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Trae Young and John Collins will look to pick up where they left off in 2018-19.
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2018-19 record: 29-53, 12th in East

Biggest offseason additions: Chandler Parsons (F), Allen Crabbe (G), Evan Turner (G/F), Jabari Parker (F), De'Andre Hunter* (F), Cam Reddish* (G/F)

Biggest offseason losses: Dewayne Dedmon (C), Kent Bazemore (G/F), Taurean Prince (G/F), Miles Plumlee (C)

Championship odds: 200/1

What to know: The Hawks continued their rebuild around the promising young duo of Trae Young and John Collins by adding two lottery picks in De'Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish. This team was competitive toward the end of last season and could take another step forward this season.

24. Minnesota Timberwolves

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Karl-Anthony Towns will need help this season.
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2018-19 record: 36-46, 11th in West

Biggest offseason additions: Noah Vonleh (F/C), Jordan Bell (F/C), Jarrett Culver* (F)

Biggest offseason losses: Derrick Rose (G), Dario Saric (F), Taj Gibson (F/C)

Championship odds: 300/1

What to know: Karl-Anthony Towns remains the hub of the Wolves, but he'll need help. A rebound from Andrew Wiggins, development from second-year guard Josh Okogie, production from fifth-overall pick Jarrett Culver, and overall team-wide health could push the Wolves into the playoff mix. They'll need a lot of things to go right to get there.

23. Phoenix Suns

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Can Devin Booker elevate the Suns now that he has some veterans around him?
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2018-19 record: 19-63, 15th in West

Biggest offseason additions: Ricky Rubio (G), Dario Saric (F), Aron Baynes (C), Frank Kaminsky (F/C), Cameron Johnson* (F)

Biggest offseason losses: T.J. Warren (F), Josh Jackson (G/F), Jamal Crawford (G)

Championship odds: 300/1

What to know: Have the Suns offseason moves all made sense? Not really. They dumped T.J. Warren and Josh Jackson for almost nothing and traded for Baynes and Saric before signing Kaminsky, three big men who will have to split time. Nonetheless, with Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton on the roster, the Suns added playable veterans who should help the team make a modest jump next season.

22. Chicago Bulls

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The Bulls appear to be heading in the right direction, albeit slowly.
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2018-19 record: 22-60, 13th in East

Biggest offseason additions: Thaddeus Young (F), Tomas Satoransky (G/F), Coby White* (G)

Biggest offseason losses: Robin Lopez (C)

Championship odds: 200/1

What to know: The Bulls have earned praise this offseason for making low-key, sensible moves, adding veterans and young players with room to grow around their core of Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr., Zach LaVine, and Otto Porter Jr. A playoff push is not off the table if they stay healthy.

21. Oklahoma City Thunder

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Sam Presti is rebuilding the Thunder in dramatic fashion.
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2018-19 record: 49-33, 6th in West

Biggest offseason additions: Danilo Gallinari (F), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (G), Chris Paul (G)

Biggest offseason losses: Paul George (F), Russell Westbrook (G), Jerami Grant (F), Raymond Felton (G)

Championship odds: 200/1

What to know: The Thunder have begun a dramatic tear-down, with Paul George and Russell Westbrook now out of town. The Thunder got back some players who can keep them competitive, namely in Chris Paul, but more importantly, they have a bounty of draft picks to swing future trades.

20. Dallas Mavericks

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Luka Doncic will try to continue the remarkable start to his NBA career.
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2018-19 record: 33-49, 14th in West

Biggest offseason additions: Delon Wright (G), Seth Curry (G), Boban Marjanovic (C)

Biggest offseason losses: Dirk Nowitzki (F), Trey Burke (G)

Championship odds: 50/1

What to know: The Mavs entered the offseason with loads of cap space to build around the intriguing duo of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. The moves were a bit dull, as they added backup guards to surround Doncic and re-signed most of their big men. The season will come down to whether Doncic can rekindle the magic from his rookie season and if Porzingis can return to All-Star level after missing all of last year with an ACL tear.

19. Orlando Magic

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Can the Magic repeat last year's playoff bid?
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2018-19 record: 42-40, 7th in East

Biggest offseason additions: Al-Farouq Aminu (F/C)

Biggest offseason losses: none

Championship odds: 100/1

What to know: The Magic retained last year's surprise playoff team, paying big money to re-sign Nikola Vucevic and Terrence Ross. The Magic still have an almost inexplicable positional overlap between Vucevic, Mohamed Bamba, Jonathan Isaac, Aaron Gordon, and now Aminu, which will likely limit their ceiling. A major storyline of 2019-20 will be if Markelle Fultz suits up and can contribute.

18. Detroit Pistons

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The Pistons didn't add many pieces that fit around Blake Griffin.
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2018-19 record: 41-41, 8th in East

Biggest offseason additions: Tony Snell (F), Markieff Morris (F), Derrick Rose (G)

Biggest offseason losses: Ish Smith (G)

Championship odds: 100/1

What to know: The Pistons' offseason moves, after just making the playoffs last year, are confounding, as they added more size and little shooting to a roster already including Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond. If Griffin plays at an All-NBA level again next season, they could remain in the playoff hunt.

17. New Orleans Pelicans

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Drafting Zion Williamson changed a lot of things for the Pelicans.
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2018-19 record: 33-49, 13th in West

Biggest offseason additions: Zion Williamson* (F/C), Brandon Ingram (F), Lonzo Ball (G), Josh Hart (G), J.J Redick (G), Derrick Favors (F/C)

Biggest offseason losses: Anthony Davis (F/C), Julius Randle (F), Elfrid Payton (G), Solomon Hill (F)

Championship odds: 100/1

What to know: Pelicans GM David Griffin has done a masterful job rebuilding the Pelicans roster after getting a huge bounce in the draft lottery. The Pelicans took Zion Williamson with the No. 1 pick, flipped Anthony Davis for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and a bounty of picks, then surrounded them with respected veterans in J.J. Redick and Derrick Favors. The Pelicans are probably long-shots to make the playoffs, but they should be fun and competitive, and they have the assets to make more big deals to improve quickly.

16. Sacramento Kings

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Buddy Hield and De'Aaron Fox will have to improve to take the Kings to the next level.
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2018-19 record: 39-43, 9th in West

Biggest offseason additions: Trevor Ariza (F), Dewayne Dedmon (C), Cory Joseph (G)

Biggest offseason losses: Willie Cauley-Stein (C)

Championship odds: 80/1

What to know: The Kings paid big money to four veterans this summer (they also retained Harrison Barnes long-term), but this season will once again be about the young players growing — De'Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Marvin Bagley, and Harry Giles. Growth isn't always linear, but if the young core improves as expected, the Kings will be in the playoff hunt again.

15. Miami Heat

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Jimmy Butler is the star player the Heat have been looking for.
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2018-19 record: 39-43, 10th in East

Biggest offseason additions: Jimmy Butler (G/F), Meyers Leonard (F/C), Tyler Herro* (G)

Biggest offseason losses: Josh Richardson (G/F), Hassan Whiteside (C)

Championship odds: 50/1

What to know: The Heat finally landed the star they've been pining for in Jimmy Butler, though it cost them their previous best player in Josh Richardson. Miami has the talent to fight for a playoff spot, but few expect them to sit tight this season, with a collection of expiring salaries and a hunger to win now.

15. Boston Celtics

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Gordon Hayward returning to All-Star form in 2019-20 could boost the Celtics.
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2018-19 record: 49-33, 4th in East

Biggest offseason additions: Kemba Walker (G), Enes Kanter (C)

Biggest offseason losses: Kyrie Irving (G), Al Horford (F/C), Terry Rozier (G)

Championship odds: 25/1

What to know: The Celtics rebounded nicely from losing Kyrie Irving by landing Kemba Walker in free agency. But while Walker can replace some of Irving's scoring and play-making, the Celtics will dearly miss Al Horford. Depth and defense are major issues on the roster. Boston will have to hope Gordon Hayward returns to All-Star form or that Jayson Tatum or Jaylen Brown make a leap this year to remain atop the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

13. Toronto Raptors

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Pascal Siakam will be the Raptors' new go-to guy after losing Kawhi Leonard.
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2018-19 record: 58-24, 2nd in East

Biggest offseason additions: Stanley Johnson (F), Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (F)

Biggest offseason losses: Kawhi Leonard (F), Danny Green (G/F)

Championship odds: 100/1

What to know: Winning the 2018-19 championship wasn't enough to retain Kawhi Leonard. The trade was still worth it. It's unclear whether the Raptors will run it back or explore blowing it up a year early. The Raptors were 18-4 in games Leonard sat last year. They won't keep up that pace this year, but if they keep the team together, they should be able to fight for a playoff spot, particularly with more growth from Pascal Siakam. 

12. Brooklyn Nets

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Kyrie Irving will be the lone star in Brooklyn until Kevin Durant returns.
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2018-19 record: 42-40, 6th in East

Biggest offseason additions: Kyrie Irving (G), Kevin Durant (F), DeAndre Jordan (C), Taurean Prince (G/F), Wilson Chandler (F), David Nwaba (F)

Biggest offseason losses: D'Angelo Russell (G), Allen Crabbe (G), DeMarre Carroll (F)

Championship odds: 40/1

What to know: With Kevin Durant expected to miss the season, it's Kyrie Irving's show to run. Irving is an upgrade over D'Angello Russell, and the Nets could improve with continuity and growth (and health) from young players like Caris LeVert and Jarrett Allen.

11. Indiana Pacers

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Victor Oladipo's return will have the Pacers fighting for a top-four seed.
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2018-19 record: 48-34, 5th in East

Biggest offseason additions: Malcolm Brogdon (G), Jeremy Lamb (G/F), T.J. Warren (F), T.J. McConnell (G)

Biggest offseason losses: Bojan Bogdanovic (G/F), Thaddeus Young (F), Darren Collison (G)

Championship odds: 50/1

What to know: The Pacers will once again fly under the radar, but they're a big, long, deep team. They'll still be reliant on Victor Oladipo returning to All-Star form from a quad injury, but if he does, he'll have the help he needs to make the Pacers a threat in the East.

10. San Antonio Spurs

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Don't count out the Spurs.
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2018-19 record: 48-34, 7th in West

Biggest offseason additions: DeMarre Carroll (F)

Biggest offseason losses: Davis Bertans (F)

Championship odds: 50/1

What to know: The Spurs return much of last season's roster, but the key factors will be the growth of Derrick White and the return of Dejounte Murray. The entire NBA world has been waiting for the day San Antonio finally falls off, but they may have actually gotten better this offseason.

9. Golden State Warriors

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Stephen Curry and Draymond Green are two of the three core Warriors remaining from their first championship run.
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2018-19 record: 57-25, 1st in West

Biggest offseason additions: D'Angelo Russell (G), Willie Cauley-Stein (C), Alec Burks (G/F)

Biggest offseason losses: Kevin Durant (F), Andre Iguodala (F), DeMarcus Cousins (C)

Championship odds: 12/1

What to know: The Kevin Durant Era may feel like a fever dream when the 2019-20 season tips off. The Warriors re-tooled after losing Kevin Durant, pulling a sign-and-trade for D'Angelo Russell, who will give Stephen Curry some needed back-court help while Klay Thompson recovers. A lot will be asked of Draymond Green and Curry to keep the team afloat. But if their stars are all healthy in April, no one will want to see them in the postseason.

8. Portland Trail Blazers

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C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard will have to carry the Blazers again.
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2018-19 record: 53-29, 3rd in West

Biggest offseason additions: Hassan Whiteside (C), Kent Bazemore (G/F), Mario Hezonja (G/F)

Biggest offseason losses: Al-Farouq Aminu (F/C), Moe Harkless (G/F), Evan Turner (G), Seth Curry (G), Enes Kanter (C)

Championship odds: 40/1

What to know: Acquiring Hassan Whiteside in a contract year to fill in for the injured Jusuf Nurkic is a smart idea. The Blazers essentially swapped out their wing rotation, but it's to be decided if they improved their defense or shooting. The season will still all fall on the shoulders of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum.

7. Denver Nuggets

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Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic could take the Nuggets to another level with some improvement.
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2018-19 record: 54-28, 2nd in West

Biggest offseason additions: Jerami Grant (F)

Biggest offseason losses: Trey Lyles (F)

Championship odds: 16/1

What to know: The Nuggets had a low-key summer, running back a team that was moments from making the Western Conference Finals. There is reason to believe their young core of players can improve, and they have reinforcements on the way in low-risk, high-reward rookies like Michael Porter Jr. and Bol Bol. In a stacked Western Conference, it's worth wondering if Denver has the talent to keep up.

6. Utah Jazz

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The Jazz got Donovan Mitchell some much-needed help this summer.
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2018-19 record: 50-32, 5th in West

Biggest offseason additions: Mike Conley (G), Bojan Bogdanovic (G/F), Ed Davis (F/C), Jeff Green (F), Emmanuel Mudiay (G)

Biggest offseason losses: Ricky Rubio (G), Derrick Favors (F/C), Jae Crowder (F), Kyle Korver (G)

Championship odds: 14/1

What to know: The Jazz had a less-splashy offseason than the likes of the Clippers, Lakers, and Nets, but still as impactful. Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic will be huge additions to lessen the burden on Donovan Mitchell. This team improved its offense all-around while not losing anything on defense or in depth. As ESPN's Zach Lowe wrote, the Jazz have three A-minus players in Conley, Mitchell, and Rudy Gobert — something that shouldn't be overlooked.

5. Los Angeles Lakers

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LeBron James has a new star teammate in Anthony Davis.
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2018-19 record: 37-45, 10th in West

Biggest offseason additions: Anthony Davis (F/C), Danny Green (G/F), Avery Bradley (G), Quinn Cook (G), Dwight Howard (C)

Biggest offseason losses: Brandon Ingram (F), Lonzo Ball (G), Josh Hart (G), Tyson Chandler (C)

Championship odds: 4/1

What to know: The Lakers made one of the biggest moves of the offseason by trading for Anthony Davis. They then had to pivot to signing multiple role players after striking out on Kawhi Leonard in free agency. The roster is still imperfect and will rely on LeBron James and Davis, but it's certainly an improvement over last year. The Lakers are all-in.

4. Houston Rockets

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Russell Westbrook and James Harden are teammates again.
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2018-19 record: 53-29, 4th in West

Biggest offseason additions: Russell Westbrook (G), Ryan Anderson (F), Tyson Chandler (C), Thabo Sefolosha (F)

Biggest offseason losses: Chris Paul (G), Iman Shumpert (G/F)

Championship odds: 8/1

What to know: The Rockets made a major swing, trading Chris Paul, plus as many as four draft picks, to the Thunder for Russell Westbrook. James Harden is now reunited with his former back-court start, giving the Thunder an explosive back-court. Harden and Westbrook's fit will be one of the biggest storylines of the season, but both players can create so many different looks, it will be hard for any team to match up with them on any night.

3. Philadelphia 76ers

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The Sixers' are Ben Simmons' show to run now.
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2018-19 record: 51-31, 3rd in East

Biggest offseason additions: Al Horford (F/C), Josh Richardson (G/F)

Biggest offseason losses: Jimmy Butler (G/F), J.J. Redick (G), T.J. McConnell (G), Boban Marjanovic (C)

Championship odds: 8/1

What to know: The Sixers had a big summer — literally. They swapped out J.J. Redick and Jimmy Butler for Al Horford and Josh Richardson, losing some shooting, but adding defense and size. Just how the pieces all fit together remains to be seen, but the Sixers are huge, tough, and talented, and a team to be feared in a weak Eastern Conference.

2. Milwaukee Bucks

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The Bucks brought back much of their team in hopes of making another run at a championship.
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2018-19 record: 60-22, 1st in East

Biggest offseason additions: Wesley Matthews (G/F), Robin Lopez (C)

Biggest offseason losses: Malcolm Brogdon (G)

Championship odds: 6/1

What to know: The Bucks paid big money to retain Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez, and George Hill (and Eric Bledsoe, who they extended last spring), but ultimately let young, two-way guard Malcolm Brogdon walk away with an $85 million offer from the Pacers. Losing Brogdon hurts, but as long as Giannis Antetokounmpo stays healthy and plays like an MVP, the Bucks should remain the best team in the East.

1. Los Angeles Clippers

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Kawhi Leonard and Paul George a scary superstar duo.
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2018-19 record: 48-34, 8th in West

Biggest offseason additions: Kawhi Leonard (F), Paul George (F), Moe Harkless (F) 

Biggest offseason losses: Danilo Gallinari (F), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (G)

Championship odds: 7/2

What to know: The Clippers rocked the NBA world by pulling off a massive trade for Paul George, then landing Kawhi Leonard in free agency. The Clippers now own arguably the best superstar duo in the league, and thanks to savvy team-building, a solid cast of role players that includes Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Moe Harkless, JaMychal Green, and Montrezl Harrell. They still have some needs, but the Clippers enter the season as immediate contenders.

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