Preseason NBA Betting Power Rankings

Written by on September 29, 2015

So how do the league’s 30 franchises rank going into training camp? Let’s take a look at some preseason NBA betting power rankings:

philadelphia-76ers#30 Philadelphia 76ers

It was wise to draft Jahlil Okafor so that the team would have a center, now that Joel Embiid is set to miss his second straight season with foot problems.

denver-nuggets#29 Denver Nuggets

Denver did draft exciting point guard Emmanuel Mudiay. Other than that, they will be in the dregs of the West.

sacramento-kings#28 Sacramento Kings

Who will explode first – George Karl or DeMarcus Cousins? It’s a shame that owner Vivek Ranadive can’t keep being the Jerry Jones of the NBA.

minnesota-timberwolves#27 Minnesota Timberwolves

The team has brought in Kevin Garnett to mentor the likes of Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns. This could get exciting.

new-york-knicks#26 New York Knicks

The team signed four free agents, the most impressive of whom was Arron Affalo. Hmmm.

portland-trail-blazers#25 Portland Trail Blazers

Eighty percent of the starting lineup is gone. Damian Lillard is the only one left, so they gave him a $120 million extension.

indiana-pacers#24 Indiana Pacers

Roy Hibbert and David West are gone, so the Pacers will now play small ball with Paul George.

charlotte-hornets#23 Charlotte Hornets

Bringing in Jeremy Lin could make this an interesting year. Thank goodness they’re in the East.

dallas-mavericks#22 Dallas Mavericks

No, signing Zaza Pachulia isn’t the same as signing DeAndre Jordan, even if J.J. Barea signed an extension.

orlando-magic#21 Orlando Magic

Scott Skiles is here to coach a talented young backcourt and the intriguing draft pick Mario Hezonja.

detroit-pistons#20 Detroit Pistons

Detroit definitely overpaid to lock Reggie Jackson down for five years, especially since he’s the fourth point guard under contract.

brooklyn-nets#19 Brooklyn Nets

They brought back Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young, but they bought out Deron Williams.

los-angeles-lakers#18 Los Angeles Lakers

This could be Roy Hibbert’s Renaissance, and this will be Kobe Bryant’s final season.

phoenix-suns#17 Phoenix Suns

Tyson Chandler signed to defend the rim for $52 million, and they brought back Brandon Knight too. Playoffs?

utah-jazz#16 Utah Jazz

A strong core of Derrick Favors, Rudy Gobert and Gordon Hayward could push this team into the playoffs.

miami-heat#15 Miami Heat

Yes, Dwyane Wade re-signed with the Heat for $20 million. Can they make the playoffs?

boston-celtics#14 Boston Celtics

The Celts re-signed Jonas Jerebko and Jae Crowder while trading for David Lee and bringing in free agent Amir Johnson.

milwaukee-bucks#13 Milwaukee Bucks

Greg Monroe didn’t want to play for New York or the Lakers, because Milwaukee offered him $50 million. Did you read that right?

new-orleans-pelicans#12 New Orleans Pelicans

Franchise icon Anthony Davis signed a $145 million extension. Let’s hope he doesn’t become the latest big man with foot problems.

toronto-raptors#11 Toronto Raptors

Sixty million was a lot to pay for DeMarre Carroll, but he does give the team their edge.

washington-wizards#10 Washington Wizards

Bradley Beal and John Wall must elevate their games next year. Paul Pierce left for the Clippers.

atlanta-hawks#9 Atlanta Hawks

Mike Budenholzer is now the coach and general manager. The team brought Paul Millsap back for a cool $59 million.

chicago-bulls#8 Chicago Bulls

Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg is now running the Bulls, and the team inked Jimmy Butler to a deal worth $94 million over five seasons.

memphis-grizzlies#7 Memphis Grizzlies

They brought back All-NBA center Marc Gasol and brought in Brandan Wright to help control the rim.

houston-rockets#6 Houston Rockets

Dwight Howard and MVP runner-up James Harden are the offensive gatekeepers of this team.

los-angeles-clippers#5 Los Angeles Clippers

Paul Pierce and Blake Griffin and Chris Paul are all more important to the team than the one who got the most press – DeAndre Jordan.

oklahoma-city-thunder#4 Oklahoma City Thunder

Serge Ibaka, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are a dream lineup for new coach Billy Donovan. If they can stay healthy.

san-antonio-spurs#3 San Antonio Spurs

Adding LaMarcus Aldridge and David West while extending Kawhi Leonard are good steps to get Tim Duncan his sixth ring.

cleveland-cavaliers#2 Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron might be the best player in the world. Does he have the right supporting cast?

golden-state-warriors#1 Golden State Warriors

MVP Stephen Curry is just the ringleader of the Smallball Circus and the defending NBA champs.