1. WARRIORS: If only wins matter to Kevin Durant, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson and if Draymond Green plays under control, Golden State is NBA’s best.
2. SPURS: Defensive POY Kawhi Leonard might be NBA’s most complete player, groomed perfectly to replace leadership of retired Tim Duncan.
3. CLIPPERS: Added to depth with free agents Raymond Felton and Marreese Speights and rookie forward Brice Johnson, who must overcome herniated disk.
4. GRIZZLIES: Gave record 5-year, $153 million contract to point guard Mike Conley and $94 million max deal to free-agent forward Chandler Parsons.
5. TRAIL BLAZERS: Surprised last season, paid $220 million to retain C.J. McCollum, Allen Crabbe and Moe Harkless plus $70 million for FA Evan Turner.
6. THUNDER: LI’s Billy Donovan was hired for communication skills, but Kevin Durant still left division winner. Thunder traded Serge Ibaka, lost Dion Waiters.
7. ROCKETS: New coach Mike D’Antoni has offensive superstar in James Harden, added FA’s Ryan Anderson, Eric Gordon, Nene. Sam Dekker adds firepower. Defense? Nah.
8. MAVERICKS: They rely on 38-year-old Dirk Nowitzki, diminished PG Deron Williams, lost FA Chandler Parsons. Signed FAs Andrew Bogut and Harrison Barnes. Yawn.
9. JAZZ: If healthy, core of Gordon Heyward, Derrick Favors, Rudy Gobert solid, but FA additions George Hill, Boris Diaw and Joe Johnson all past prime.
10. TIMBERWOLVES: Tom Thibodeau took over in Minnesota for potential to build contender around young big two in Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. Drafted Kris Dunn.
11. PELICANS: Lost FA’s Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon. Superstar Anthony Davis coming off knee surgery. Rookie Buddy Hield adds scoring and Cheick Diallo upside.
12. NUGGETS: Youth not served this season, but Nuggets draft picks Jamal Murray, Malik Beasley Juancho Hernangomez join second-year PG Emmanuel Mudiay to form future core.
13. KINGS: DeMarcus Cousins (26.9 pts, 11.5 rebs) is a beast, but he’s an erratic personality and this is dysfunctional franchise. Sacramento did add three first-round picks.
14. SUNS: Retained interim coach Earl Watson (9-24). Perimeter shooters Devin Booker, Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight solid. Rookie PFs Dragan Bender, Marquise Chriss must succeed.
15. LAKERS: No successor in place for retired Kobe Bryant. New coach Luke Walton must develop Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, D’Angelo Russell and rookie Brandon Ingram.