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NBA Power Rankings: Top Five Teams Post Free Agency

By Erik Lambert

Jun 18, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (middle) speaks as teammates Tony Parker (left) and Manu Ginobili (right) listen during NBA championship celebrations at Alamodome. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Are the world champion San Antonio Spurs still holding the top spot after free agency in the NBA power rankings?

#1 – San Antonio Spurs

The world champions have retained every key piece to the roster that beat Miami in five games during the Finals.  Age is certainly a concern for this group, but then again it’s been that way for the past five years and they just keep proving everybody wrong.  The San Antonio Spurs are the best in the NBA power rankings and will stay that way until next season starts.

#2 – Oklahoma City Thunder

They weren’t able to make any huge free agency moves but the Oklahoma City Thunder were still able to make a significant addition to their roster when they added Anthony Morrow.  His rangy shooting ability will be a major asset to the Thunder’s star tandem of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.  It was something they lacked in the playoffs.  With it solved, OKC is that much closer to solving their championship puzzle.

#3 – Cleveland Cavaliers

Any team LeBron James goes to is an immediate contender.  The Cleveland Cavaliers can’t be considered favorites just yet but their spot in the NBA power rankings is a sure sign of progress.  In addition to James they also have All-Star Kyrie Irving and now promising rookie #1 pick Andrew Wiggins.  Regardless of the Kevin Love talk, this team has loads of upside.  Aside from James they do lack playoff experience but that isn’t always a big problem.

#4 – Chicago Bulls

Free agency didn’t yield them the ultimate prize of Carmelo Anthony, but the Chicago Bulls accomplished their goals anyway.  Derrick Rose is returning.  The additions of Doug McDermott and European star Nikola Mirotic should significantly improve their shooting off the bench.  Most importantly adding multi-skilled big man Pau Gasol to a front court that already includes Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah gives them a formidable starting lineup.  The only thing keeping them down in the rankings is the uncertain status of Rose’s health.

#5 – Los Angeles Clippers

Never mind the Donald Sterling mess.  It’s a distraction from reality for the Los Angeles Clippers.  They didn’t make any splashes in free agency, but they still got better by bringing in Spencer Hawes and Jordan Farmar.  Doc Rivers is now firmly entrenched as head coach and his trio of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan are still intact.  The Clippers should be better in 2014-2015 due to fewer distractions, hence their solid placement in these NBA power rankings.