Welcome to theScore's biweekly NBA power rankings, where you'll find roughly 30 words on all 30 teams every other Tuesday throughout the season.
Kevin Durant's first season with the Warriors saw Golden State win 67 games and its second title in three years despite KD missing a quarter of the season. A healthier encore would be frightening.
No collection of star teammates in recent memory - not even the Heatles or last year's Warriors - has tried to combine usage rates as astronomical as OKC's new big three.
Few in history have matched Kawhi Leonard's combination of high-usage, high-efficiency offense with all-world defense, but a season-opening quad injury is concerning in an unforgiving battle for the West's 2-seed.
Depth is an issue, but only a handful of teams can match the Timberwolves' star power. If Minnesota can't end its playoff drought, something's wrong with the water in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
An Irving-Hayward-Horford trio is impressive, but questions remain about Boston's depth, size, and rebounding, and it will take time for a team bringing back just four holdovers to jell.
The Raptors have shifted toward a more modern, 3-point heavy attack. Whether Toronto has the personnel to make it work will determine whether this high-floor team can raise its ceiling.
Only the Warriors have brought back more of their 2016-17 minutes than the Wizards, who went an East-best 42-20 after a 7-13 start to last season.
Continuity and a star backcourt are on Portland's side in the West playoff race. Not to mention, the Blazers went 14-6 with Jusuf Nurkic in the lineup last season.
The new-look Clippers can surround DeAndre Jordan with four players who can handle the ball and initiate the offense at all times. This is still a playoff team if healthy.
The Heat have capped out a mediocre team for the foreseeable future, but between the Dragic-Whiteside combo, Erik Spoelstra's coaching, and the state of the East, Miami should be back in the playoffs.
The early season absence of Nicolas Batum hurts Charlotte on both ends of the court, and could be the difference between fighting for home court and fighting for a playoff spot.
The only thing more painful than going up against a Gobert-anchored Jazz defense will be watching Utah try to muster up enough points of their own to hang in the West playoff race.
This team has no business sniffing a playoff race, but a Myles Turner breakout and a couple bounces here or there could see Indiana do just that in another embarrassing East chase.
L.A. has enough young talent and new veterans to remain competitive most nights, but no first-round pick to fall back on. Their season will be about building toward 2018 free agency.
Sacramento's impressive draft and summer of spending won't do much for them in the standings, but their losing environment should be less toxic with some respectable vets around. Baby steps!
The Magic look to defend their crown as the team with the most confusing, nonsensical roster. What exactly is Orlando doing? That's what Jeff Weltman and John Hammond intend to find out.
The Nets won't be good, but they'll be surprisingly competent and exciting most nights, as Sean Marks and Kenny Atkinson quietly build a culture that will eventually bear fruit.
If the Knicks make it through the year without James Dolan's dysfunctional house of horrors causing irreparable damage to Kristaps Porzingis, consider it a win.
Freed from the hilariously ill-fitting Butler-Wade-Rondo trio, the Bulls are better equipped to play the way Fred Hoiberg wants to, and bad enough to build through the draft.