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NBA Power Rankings: San Antonio Spurs make unexpected leap

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NBA Power Rankings: The Warriors are back in action

NBA Power Rankings
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. 41. . . . 7. .

Never, ever count out the Golden State Warriors-- particularly next season. While they may have lost out on both Kelly Oubre Jr. and Eric Paschall, Klay Thompson will finally be making his long-awaited return. That on its own should pay dividends for the team assuming he looks like his former self on some level.

The good doesn't end there for the Warriors, though. Since he was first injured, they have managed to bring James Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga, and Moses Moody to the team via the draft. For only two drafts, that's an absurdly talented haul. Moreover, the team is bringing in Avery Bradley, Otto Porter, and former Finals MVP Andre Iguodala via free agency. Look for this team to make a big comeback.

. . . 8. . . . 66

While this may be a bit low for a team that was just in the NBA Finals, the Suns' championship window may be closing sooner rather than later. While they're bringing back virtually all of the key players on their roster, the Suns will be dealing with a lot of pressure to make another deep run in the playoffs, and health may not be quite as on their side as it was this past year.

That being said, something that could tremendously help their efforts would be to acquire Thaddeus Young from the Spurs. This would give them some much-needed depth in their frontcourt and help to ease the impact of Dario Saric's season-ending injury.

9. 93. . . . . .

The Philadelphia 76ers would be quite a bit higher on this list if it weren't for the drama surrounding Ben Simmons. Despite what many may think of him, losing out on him entirely would be a tremendous hit for the Sixers. While any team that has Joel Embiid on the roster is bound to do well, losing out on Simmons' defense alone bumps this team down a few notches.

If the Sixers and Daryl Morey manage to get a good return for Simmons, the team could easily find themselves moving up a spot or two on this list, but Simmons' value appears to be continuing to tank.

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