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NBA Power Rankings: San Antonio Spurs make unexpected leap

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NBA Power Rankings: The Eastern Conference comes out on top

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. 1. 147. . . . .

There isn't a whole lot that needs to be said about the Brooklyn Nets. They still have the most loaded roster in the league, featuring Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving, among others. If they're able to stay reasonably healthy into the playoffs, there is no reason they shouldn't be far and away the best team in the league, particularly on offense.

To add insult to injury, the Nets decided it would be best to sign former Spur Patty Mills after a masterful performance at the Tokyo Olympics.

89. . . 2. . . .

The reigning NBA Champions similarly deserve a high spot on this list. Giannis Antetokounmpo is a bona fide superstar and had one of the most incredible NBA Finals performances that I've ever had the pleasure of watching.

While the departure of P.J. Tucker certainly hurts, for the most part, the Bucks have been able to retain most of their championship roster and added all of Grayson Allen, George Hill, and Rodney Hood. Look for them to make another deep run in the playoffs.

. 3. . . . . . 73

This may be the first surprise of this list for many, but if there's a year for the Denver Nuggets to come out and make a statement, it's this year. Nikola Jokic somehow continues to be undervalued even after an outstanding MVP season and others on the team will be playing with something to prove.

Jamal Murray likely won't be seeing the court until around December, so it will be key for the Nuggets to get off to a good start next month. If they're to succeed with that, Michael Porter Jr. will need to come out looking better than he ever has. If Murray can come back looking like his old self later on, though, then the Nuggets may finally be able to make that Finals push.