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NBA Power Rankings: San Antonio Spurs make unexpected leap

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NBA Power Rankings: There's a new player in the East

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. . 4. 118. . . .

Once again, there isn't much that needs to be said about the Jazz. They are a team that's undoubtedly capable of making a deep playoff run, but they haven't quite been able to make it over the hump yet. There's a reason why they were the #1 seed in the West this past season.

What's scary about the Jazz is that they may have gotten even better in the offseason. They'll be bringing in former Spur Rudy Gay, Eric Paschall, and Hassan Whiteside, and they drafted Baylor's Jared Butler at an incredible value in the draft. If they can stay healthy, I'm confident they'll make another strong run.

. . . . 125. . 5.

Mark my words when I say that the 2021-2022 season will be the year of the Atlanta Hawks. That debatably already happened this past season, given their Eastern Conference Finals run, but like the Jazz, I think they'll look even better this coming year.

John Collins is returning to Atlanta, Cam Reddish will be healthy, and in all likelihood, Tre Young will be doing Tre Young things. Furthermore, they managed to pick up both Jalen Johnson and Sharife Cooper in the draft. All of a sudden, the Hawks are looking like an incredibly deep, talented team.

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While the Lakers have been getting relentlessly memed on social media due to the team's average age, it will almost always be a mistake to count out any team led by LeBron James. With a team featuring names like Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis, and Carmelo Anthony, it's undeniable that the team has plenty of talent (even if that talent is on the downslope), but they'll need to figure out how to mesh with one another to succeed.