NBA Power Rankings: Where each team stands going into training camp

The NBA season is here, though it felt like it never went away.

The NBA has turned into a year-long league, and this offseason was one of the wildest in league history.

Here are just a few players who changed teams from June to September: Kyrie Irving, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Jimmy Butler, Gordon Hayward, Isaiah Thomas, Dwight Howard, Paul Millsap.

The league looks much different now than it did just three months ago, but in our eyes, one team still stands atop.

With training camps upon us, take a look at where each team stands.

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30. Phoenix Suns

Last year: 24-58, 15th in West

Biggest additions: Drafted Josh Jackson

Biggest losses: Leandro Barbosa

One thing to know: Adding the versatile, athletic, defensive-minded Jackson gives the Suns a promising prospect to pair with high-scoring guard Devin Booker. Development from Marquese Chriss or Dragan Bender would be a nice bonus, but if nothing else, the Suns seem on track to have a shot at the No. 1 pick in next year's draft.

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29. Chicago Bulls

Last year: 41-41, 8th in East

Biggest additions: Traded for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn; drafted Lauri Markkanen

Biggest losses: Jimmy Butler, Rajon Rondo, Michael Carter-Williams

One thing to know: The Bulls went into full rebuilding mode by trading Butler for LaVine, Dunn, and the pick that became Markkanen and then buying out Dwyane Wade. It may be a long year in Chicago.

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28. Indiana Pacers

Last year: 42-40, 7th in East

Biggest additions: Traded for Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis, Cory Joseph; signed Darren Collison

Biggest losses: Paul George, Jeff Teague

One thing to know: If there's one positive to the Pacers' seemingly underwhelming return for Paul George it's that it gives them the chance to unleash Myles Turner. The third-year big man could be in line for an All-Star level season as a small-ball, rim-protecting, floor-spreading center.

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27. Atlanta Hawks

Last year: 43-39, 5th in East

Biggest additions: Traded for Marco Belinelli, Miles Plumlee; signed Dewayne Dedmon; drafted John Collins

Biggest losses: Paul Millsap, Dwight Howard, Tim Hardaway Jr., Thabo Sefolosha

One thing to know: By letting three core rotation players — including a star in Millsap — leave in the offseason, the Hawks entered what could be a long rebuild. Count on them to still hang around games longer than expected thanks to the wizardry of head coach Mike Budenholzer.

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26. Sacramento Kings

Last year: 32-50, 12th in West

Biggest additions: Signed George Hill, Zach Randolph, Vince Carter; drafted De'Aaron Fox, Justin Jackson, Harry Giles

Biggest losses: Darren Collison

One thing to know: The Kings had a strong offseason in which they continued to collect interesting young talent and signed savvy, respectable veterans to steer the ship. Unfortunately, that likely doesn't mean many wins (yet).

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25. Brooklyn Nets

Last year: 20-62, 15th in East

Biggest additions: Traded for D'Angelo Russell, Allen Crabbe, Demarre Carroll, Timofey Mozgov

Biggest losses: Brook Lopez

One thing to know: Without their own draft pick, the Nets did their best to collect talent and assets. Trading Lopez for Russell and Mozgov landed them a rotation-worthy center and an intriguing, 21-year-old prospect, and they collected assets for Carroll and Crabbe, both of whom should be able to contribute on court. Things are looking up in Brooklyn.

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24. New York Knicks

Last year: 31-51, 12th in East

Biggest additions: Traded for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott; signed Tim Hardaway Jr., Michael Beasley; drafted Frank Ntilikina

Biggest losses: Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose

One thing to know: The Knicks and Carmelo Anthony finally split ways, sending Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Kanter, McDermott, and a second-round pick. The Knicks are in full-on rebuilding mode and now turn to Kristaps Porzingis as the face of the franchise.

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23. Orlando Magic

Last year: 29-53, 13th in East

Biggest additions: Drafted Jonathan Isaac; Signed Arron Afflalo, Jonathon Simmons, Marreese Speights

Biggest losses: Jeff Green

One thing to know: Four years since beginning a rebuild, the Magic have little to show for it — role-playing veterans and talented, young players, with no clear-cut superstar. They're hoping sixth overall pick Isaac has been the missing piece.

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22. Los Angeles Lakers

Last year: 26-56, 14th in West

Biggest additions: Drafted Lonzo Ball, traded for Brook Lopez, signed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Biggest losses: D'Angelo Russell, Timofey Mozgov, Nick Young

One thing to know: The Lakers are clearly gearing up for 2018 when Paul George and LeBron James will be free agents, but in the meantime, Ball looks set to return some much-needed excitement to Staples Center.

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21. New Orleans Pelicans

Last year: 34-48, 10th in West

Biggest additions: Signed Rajon Rondo

Biggest losses: none

One thing to know: The Pelicans season will be all about figuring out the Anthony Davis-DeMarcus Cousins pairing. It holds plenty of intrigue and upside, but (albeit with limited means), the Pelicans' method of building a team around them remains questionable.

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20. Philadelphia 76ers

Last year: 28-54, 14th in East

Biggest additions: Drafted Markelle Fultz, signed J.J. Redick, Amir Johnson

Biggest losses: none

One thing to know: The 76ers are expected to make a big jump this season now that their young core is in place and they have veteran help around them. However, despite the promise on paper, they'll have to prove themselves on the court.

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19. Dallas Mavericks

Last year: 33-49, 11th in West

Biggest additions: Drafted Dennis Smith Jr.

Biggest losses: none

One thing to know: The Mavericks are hoping some juice from Smith, who looked promising in Summer League, a full season of Nerlens Noel, and growth from Harrison Barnes can push them into the playoff picture and make Dirk Nowitzki's (perhaps) final year worthwhile.

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18. Detroit Pistons

Last year: 37-45, 10th in East

Biggest additions: Traded for Avery Bradley; signed Langston Galloway; drafted Luke Kennard

Biggest losses: Marcus Morris, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

One thing to know: The Pistons stalled out last year with locker room dysfunction and a lack of growth from young players. The addition of Bradley gives them not only a helpful player on the court, but a respected leader to help the Pistons get back into the playoffs in a weak East.

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17. Miami Heat

Last year: 41-41, 9th in East

Biggest additions: Signed Kelly Olynyk, drafted Bam Adebayo

Biggest losses: none

One thing to know: The Heat were one of the league's best teams in the second half of last season and decided to double-down on that core by signing Dion Waiters, James Johnson, Olynyk, and Josh Richardson to pricy deals. Was the disappointing team from the first half the year or the red-hot team from the second half the true Heat? The answer is probably somewhere in the middle.

 (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
16. Utah Jazz

Last year: 51-31, 5th in West

Biggest additions: Traded for Ricky Rubio, signed Thabo Sefolosha, drafted Donovan Mitchell

Biggest losses: Gordon Hayward, George Hill, Boris Diaw

One thing to know: One of last year's biggest surprises lost two of its three best players, yet still stands in an okay position today. Scoring will be tough for the Jazz, but they figure to be one of the league's best defensive units and should be one of the toughest nightly outings this year.

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15. Memphis Grizzlies

Last year: 43-39, 7th in West

Biggest additions: Signed Tyreke Evans, Ben McLemore

Biggest losses: Zach Randolph, Tony Allen

One thing to know: The days of the "grit-and-grind" Grizzlies seem over with the departures of Allen and Randolph, but with Marc Gasol and Mike Conley still in tow, the Grizzlies still figure to hang around the playoff picture in the West.

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14. Denver Nuggets

Last year: 40-42, 9th in West

Biggest additions: Signed Paul Millsap, traded for Trey Lyles

Biggest losses: Danilo Gallinari

One thing to know: Millsap is the Nuggets' biggest free-agency signing in years and gives them an All-Star forward to pair with rising big man Nikola Jokic. Any development from their slew of young guards should keep the Nuggets in the playoff picture.

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13. Charlotte Hornets

Last year: 36-46, 11th in East

Biggest additions: Traded for Dwight Howard, drafted Malik Monk

Biggest losses: Marco Bellineli, Mason Plumlee

One thing to know: The Hornets accomplished two big feats over the offseason: getting a rim-protecting center in Howard, who is out to prove he can still fit in today's NBA, and scoring help for Kemba Walker in Monk, who can fill up the basket. They'll surprise a lot of teams this year.

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12. Portland Trail Blazers

Last year: 41-41, 8th in West

Biggest additions: Drafted Zach Collins

Biggest losses: none

One thing to know: The Blazers will hope that a full year with Jusuf Nurkic, who sparked a turnaround in their season last year, will help them make the playoffs once again. 

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11. Milwaukee Bucks

Last year: 42-40, 6th in East

Biggest additions: none

Biggest losses: Michael Beasley

One thing to know: The Bucks should benefit from a weak East and expected next steps from Giannis Antetokounmpo, reigning Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon, and Thon Maker. A return to health for Jabari Parker would help, too.

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10. Los Angeles Clippers

Last year: 51-31, 4th in West

Biggest additions: Signed Danilo Gallinari, Milos Teodosic; traded for Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, Lou Williams

Biggest losses: Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford, Marreese Speights

One thing to know: The Clippers are now firmly Blake Griffin's team after sending Chris Paul to the Rockets. They should remain competitive, however, thanks to the return Doc Rivers got for Paul and the signings of Gallinari and Serbian passing maestro Teodosic.

(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
9. Toronto Raptors

Last year: 51-31, 3rd in East

Biggest additions: Signed C.J. Miles

Biggest losses: Patrick Patterson, Cory Joseph

One thing to know: After hinting at a team culture overhaul, the Raptors basically kept things the same, re-signing Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka and letting some veteran role players leave. Keeping a perennial 50-win team together is fine, but the Raptors will need a new formula, as they've proven it hasn't worked in the playoffs.

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8. Minnesota Timberwolves

Last year: 31-51, 13th in West

Biggest additions: Traded for Jimmy Butler, signed Jeff Teague, Taj Gibson, Jamal Crawford

Biggest losses: Zach Lavine, Kris Dunn

One thing to know: The Wolves are now all-in, having acquired Butler, Teague, Gibson, and Crawford to surround their promising core of Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. Anything short of a playoff berth, and perhaps a 50-win season, will likely feel like a disappointment.

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7. Washington Wizards

Last year: 49-33, 4th in East

Biggest additions: Signed Jodie Meeks, traded for Tim Frazier

Biggest losses: none

One thing to know: The Wizards are taking a bet that their core of John Wall, Bradley Beal, and Otto Porter will be enough to keep them in the mix for one of the top spots in the East — they may be right.

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6. San Antonio Spurs

Last year: 61-21, 2nd in West

Biggest additions: Signed Rudy Gay

Biggest losses: none

One thing to know: Excuse us for joining the countless others to predict the decline of the Spurs only to be proven wrong. But this year, after a summer in which Western Conference teams loaded up, feels like the year the Spurs take a step back. Kawhi Leonard is, of course, still in place, but the rest of the roster is aging and looks inferior to the likes of the Warriors, Rockets, and Thunder.

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5. Oklahoma City Thunder

Last year: 47-35, 6th in West

Biggest additions: Traded for Paul George, Carmelo Anthony; signed Patrick Patterson, Raymond Felton

Biggest losses: Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott, Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis

One thing to know: The Thunder added George and Anthony to join the reigning MVP for the price of four role players and a second-round pick. Russell Westbrook, George, and Anthony will face a learning curve, but the Thunder instantly become the league's most intriguing team.

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4. Boston Celtics

Last year: 53-29, 1st in East

Biggest additions: Trade for Kyrie Irving, Marcus Morris; signed Gordon Hayward; drafted Jayson Tatum

Biggest losses: Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder

One thing to know: Another must-watch team this year, the Celtics went from overachievers to a legitimate star-studded team by signing Hayward and trading for Irving. Finally, the Celtics cashed in some of their prized assets for a team that could challenge the Cavs for Eastern Conference supremacy.

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3. Houston Rockets

Last year: 55-27, 3rd in West

Biggest additions: Trade for Chris Paul; signed P.J. Tucker, Luc Mbah a Moute

Biggest losses: Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, Lou Williams

One thing to know: The Rockets may now have the league's most explosive back-court in James Harden and Paul. Even more intriguing will be their defense now that they have Paul, Tucker, and Mbah a Moute joining Trevor Ariza and Clint Capela. If the Warriors face a threat, it's these guys.

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2. Cleveland Cavaliers

Last year: 51-31, 2nd in East

Biggest additions: Traded for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder; signed Derrick Rose, Jeff Green

Biggest losses: Kyrie Irving

One thing to know: The Cavs had something of a messy offseason, but until proven otherwise on the court, they're the kings of the East. Never doubt LeBron.

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1. Golden State Warriors

Last year: 67-15, 1st in West

Biggest additions: Signed Nick Young, Omri Cassipi

Biggest losses: none

One thing to know: The Warriors were able to keep their core together, plus add some useful pieces in Young and Cassipi to make them even deeper. The West is tougher this year, but from afar, no team appears to be on the Warriors level just yet.

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