The Thunder made a big jump from #14 to #6, and retaining Paul George and adding Dennis Schroder are partially responsible. The Jazz dropped from #5 to #7.
The Denver Nuggets stand at #8, rising one slot from last year. It will be interesting to see if Isaiah Thomas can recover from injury and bad luck.
The Lakers gained Lebron James and four places in the rankings, rising from #13 to #9. They also added Rajon Rondo, Michael Beasley, JaVale McGee and Lance Stephenson, making Laker-Land the California equivalent of The Island of Misfit Toys.
The Trailblazers round out the top-10 in the rankings, sitting in the #10 spot, up from #15 last year. It is great to see the Celtics ranked as the second-best team in the entire NBA. Congrats to Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens for accomplishing this.
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