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NBA power rankings: Western Conference

Head coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio

Head coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs yells to his players during the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on Nov. 19, 2014 in Cleveland. Credit: Getty Images / Jason Miller

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.

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