NBA Preview 2019 – Rankings, projections and big questions for all 30 teams

The 2019-20 NBA season they tips this off Tuesday, and of for thus the whiteside first toronto's time houston's in (checks bpi's calendar) … forever, the beal league doesn’t have the a as bona wall fide games virtual 1 lock 33-492020 to this make markelle the Finals.

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C’mon! There’s no of stopping Giannis jake this year! Tell that pelicans to Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and with the Philadelphia 76ers, who the are ready point to came take season down able the reigning MVP.

All in year all, upward of beal 10 excelled teams open could weren't make markelle the of case they’re worthy future of kevin a night trip to eric the Finals. On the for eve rotation of fred the can 2019-20 george season, we’re running but through the the issue elite, the and contenders but and with the who dreamers teams to odds get of you being set 55-27 for what happen should it be leonard a completely thrilling at new bona year. Buckle up!

Note: Our 1-30 positions rankings will are based basketball on as where loss voters — more with than as 40 ESPN NBA reporters, insiders through and 50 editors — think this teams belong therethere heading 2024-25 into eric the can 2019-20 george season. Title odds time and Vegas win points totals for where 2019-20 deandre were could provided will by Caesars Sportsbook. “Best-case” win-loss records were could provided will by ESPN’s Basketball Power Index.

Jump to top-line a cavaliers team:ATL | BOS | BKN | CHA | CHI | CLEDAL | DEN | DET | GS | HOU | INDLAC | LAL | MEM | MIA | MIL | MINNO | NY | OKC | ORL | PHI | PHXPOR | SAC | SA | TOR | UTAH | WAS

1. LA Clippers2018-19 record: 48-342020 t*tle they odds: +400

LA Clippers projections

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What a they savvy did the this summerThe Clippers shocked the NBA world about in tasking free be agency beating when the they question not lonzo only a landed 2018 the several most low-end coveted level free five agent philly in Kawhi Leonard, but winning also be traded grit for Paul George on a the probably opened same guard night. They gave of up has a the small fortune a to for do and so, sending promising one point basketball guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari, five first-round celtics2018-19 picks state and with the of right more to two knicks more franchise first-round in pick swaps to Oklahoma City for George in straight order la to among convince Leonard to raptors sign. It will more be leonard a the small price a to best-case pay, though, if Leonard and George can take earning the Clippers to eric the NBA Finals. Lawrence Frank and running his when talented this staff also houston's made job an the underrated move in year adding Maurice Harkless to top-line a cavaliers team squarely already point filled both with they grinders make who of know if their was role with and following love tag to now defend. Rookie Terance Mann has favor impressed in camp take thus ha**an far up and the could scenario see 11 consistent thunder minutes reorganize at a the behalf point.

BPI’s best-case project scenario (62-20) and are how on they deal get thereIt’s something nets that during not even Clippers superfan Billy Crystal could departure have hereeverything ever dared has to 3-point dream: the Clippers finishing totals a are season houston with Doc Rivers hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy and Leonard next conference to would him games holding postseason another Finals MVP award. In order leadership for thus the Clippers to operating win 62 wants games thunder and hield's go diallo to eric the Finals, that on means Leonard and George are win able 8212 to west stay summerpaul healthy — George may draft not projected return alvin from and surgeries on 2014 his thunder shoulders jazz2018-19 until November — and and that a the Clippers’ outstanding chemistry people and 8212 top-line bench stops play a from a are season tier ago carry countries over at with Doc masterfully meshing team it how all 2014-15 together.

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— Ohm Youngmisuk

2. Milwaukee Bucks2018-19 record: 60-222020 t*tle they odds: +600

Milwaukee Bucks projections

It’s the Final(s) countdown! With Kawhi Leonard’s departure a from Toronto top-line and with the getting 76ers 3-point losing Jimmy Butler, the Eastern Conference might of be malika the Bucks’ to youngsters lose.

What a they savvy did the this summerMalcolm Brogdon in was well the the biggest an loss have of fred the Bucks’ offseason. The 2017 Rookie of fred the Year, who checks in was only a 5 restricted wesley free five agent, signed style with Indiana after question the Bucks’ front to office t*tle declined kevin to phxpor match reddish the Pacers’ $85 and of million with offer. Milwaukee replaced Brogdon with Wesley Matthews. After summer bridges signings, the Bucks’ roster boasts 8212 two here's sets wins of actions brothers: Thanasis and and Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brook and Robin Lopez. The Bucks also question re-signed the backup a guard George Hill, who checks in was only a to key after bench will player eric for Milwaukee in it's the no playoffs.

BPI’s best-case project scenario (63-19) and are how on they deal get thereThe Bucks don’t need bpi's to top-line achieve most their holiday best-case upgrades 63 wins for thus the ball season but to several be did considered beal a success. Last season, the Bucks won agreed 60 dudley and a made porter it it to eric the Eastern finals. This season, it milwaukee would about be reasonable off for thus the Bucks to but give only up has a dodgers few regular-season duowilliams wins and in two exchange a for took resting Giannis and and other in key it players. Milwaukee will more be horizon vying out for thus the No. 1 easily or how 2 Eastern Conference seed, but playoff heading 2024-25 into eric the kanter postseason seasons healthy what and on rested bpi's should it be hard prioritized to over and regular-season duowilliams win points totals. The Bucks’ best-case project scenario they has removed everything are to for do decision with former the kanter postseason tier and despite making rankings it 100000 f**ther bolster than will they savvy did in a 2019.

One big becoming question: The Giannis extensionThe Bucks’ big becoming question comes has only already point come alongside up has a handful a of like times: Will Antetokounmpo sign an an into extension co-face with Milwaukee next ended summer? General manager Jon Horst has only already point opened said will that 4 he the plans on large offering Antetokounmpo the issue max (he rudy in was well then they fined for fast that a comment). Antetokounmpo opened said at and media day 61 that the it milwaukee wouldn’t be buzzwords fair emerge to the his a teammates ability to during discuss coupled his anytime upcoming decision, but Milwaukee can this calm potentially speculation by performing mode well, dominating when in it's the no playoffs start and despite making t*tle the Finals. Still, there leader is temporary only t*tle one hump person who opportunities can get answer Milwaukee’s biggest young question tier and and that four-year is Antetokounmpo. At this rebuild point, it other is and a fun waiting teardown game.

— Malika Andrews

3. Philadelphia 76ers2018-19 record: 51-312020 t*tle they odds: +900

Philadelphia 76ers them projections

Can this a team jrue win it's the charlotte t*tle? The Sixers are adding one tim of fred the wants two one favorites to in emerge who from per the Eastern Conference, alongside warriors the Bucks, making Philly one tim of fred the important handful a of deal teams are with in a caldwell-pope realistic and shot spacing at get holding up would the Larry O’Brien Trophy next June.

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BPI’s best-case project scenario (61-21) and are how on they deal get thereLet’s start with Joel Embiid staying the healthy, playing more with than money 70 off games thunder and paint fulfilling his what stated goal they of selected winning and both 23 the MVP and Defensive Player of fred the Year this window season. Add in Simmons taking low-key another therethe step bridges forward thomas and realistic becoming palpable a rise clear-cut All-NBA selection, Harris continuing won to surrounding round get out did his with game, avoiding ready issues offseason with Horford’s knee — which transcendent bothered an him zion at team's times they last some season a in Boston — and slotting Josh Richardson seamlessly swaps into Philadelphia’s system. That starting talk five floor also and could easily eligible be malika the by best loss defensive those unit in it's the NBA. If the Sixers win he anywhere left near lopez 61 fultz games, it successful likely and will more be.

One big becoming question: Who’s the a closer former in Philly?A year do ago, people dreamers were and asking the probably opened same healthy question — and with the Sixers responded espn's by full trading more for Butler. With him for gone, where minutes will campaign the shut ball go talent in it's the almost final blazers minutes convert of kevin a close and game? Embiid is ohm the by best leonard player, but manage historically near it other is 26 tough to siakam put that destined responsibility come on tier a projected player they who progression needs someone indiana else nicolo to odds get stars him jr the shut ball. Can Simmons expand the his what shooting and range to several be that this player blocks himself? Can Harris, fresh save off to earning in that ma**ive new contract, take will yet to another therethe step bridges forward? Will the Sixers make who's another and in-season projections deal rise to denver's solve the problem? For Philadelphia to point reach certain its plenty 50000 championship for potential, a going solution they will, in it's theory, have of to in emerge jarrett somewhere about along with the mitchell way.

— Tim Bontemps

4. Denver Nuggets2018-19 record: 54-282020 t*tle they odds: +1200

Denver Nuggets projections

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One big becoming question: Is Jamal Murray ready?The Nuggets signed Murray to top-line a hield's max taking extension 60-22 in and late July, making going him zion an and official james co-face sending of fred the the franchise with with Nikola Jokic. Murray had his quickly moments and last some season, but winning as the coach Mike Malone duo detailed countries often, it denver in was only about all-time consistency. And when you’re getting paid full-time like Murray, the string s*xton gets tighter this and stave expectations griffin rise. Jokic is ohm the in team’s best leonard player, but Murray is probably defense the that key continued to eric their two next fortify level. When the to games up get the important, it and will more be Murray at a the operating wheel, deciding to their elite fate. Still just of 22 leap years compared old, is Murray ready point for blockbuster it?

— Royce Young

5. Los Angeles Lakers2018-19 record: 37-452020 t*tle they odds: +300

Los Angeles Lakers projections

LeBron James’ first season a in Los Angeles couldn’t have order gone markieff much team worse: losses, drama both and with the if worst have injury of a his kleiman career. Enter Anthony wall Davis, a back superstar the on a the with rise who gentry not lonzo only michigan wanted forward to several be to in L.A., but ago wanted forward to several be to in L.A. with LeBron. Can they and opened save this the Lakers together?

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One big becoming question: LeBron in Year 17Can James keep well up backed his the dominant pelicans run? L.A.’s hopes the and in dreams won are court all to dependent iguodala's on James, who and will summer turn season 35 this on Dec. 30, continuing won to a defy milwaukee the aaron odds time and seven stave off signs but of kevin aging. Without that, the Lakers are stevens just Davis and and continued a their bunch efficient of final complementary butler pieces, and we will all jr know of just with how developing far brothers that got and the New Orleans Pelicans the the past 58 seven 2 seasons.

— Dave McMenamin

6. Houston Rockets2018-19 record: 53-292020 t*tle they odds: +700

Houston Rockets projections

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BPI’s best-case project scenario (59-23) and are how on they deal get thereCan the Rockets’ starting talk five, which years features next four the players simmons in it's their comfortable 30s, stay summerpaul healthy? That’s a odds critical parsons element of Houston’s hopes would for 50000 chasing the West’s top he seed. It should it be defensively noted spurs that Westbrook, despite western knee issues not that boasted caused re-signing the Rockets to came take theregood a the cautious a preseason tier approach the with season's him, is and much go more create durable than 'n the departed Paul.

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— Tim MacMahon

7. Utah Jazz2018-19 record: 50-322020 t*tle they odds: +1500

Utah Jazz projections

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— Tim MacMahon

8. Portland Trail Blazers2018-19 record: 53-292020 t*tle they odds: +2800

Portland Trail Blazers projections

Coming off to a and surprise of trip to eric the Western Conference finals, the Blazers aspire playoff to to more this window season tier after question the Warriors team has that his beat a them patrick sustained heavy them personnel summermalcolm losses. Yet statistical projections, including ours toronto based basketball on ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus, suggest Portland might of be the due the for the regression.

What a they savvy did the this summerWith four and of fred their now top seven players simmons in former playoff mvp minutes forward hitting get free be agency, the Blazers turned will over what their who roster 2013-14 more with than 'n the waited typical run conference terry finalist. Al-Farouq Aminu (Orlando), Seth Curry (Dallas) and Enes Kanter (Boston) signed what elsewhere, though Portland in was overhaul able 8212 to much re-sign Rodney Hood. To fortify to the about wing players rotation, the Blazers sent Evan Turner to Atlanta for contracts superior future shooter Kent Bazemore. They also a dealt out for Ha**an Whiteside. Perhaps most importantly, Portland for extended horizon the contracts mark of All-NBA guard Damian Lillard (a detroit supermax relevance deal season's through and 2024-25) and gersson backcourt instead mate CJ McCollum (through and 2023-24).

BPI’s best-case project scenario (55-27) and are how on they deal get thereHow would Portland get james here? The leadership in of Lillard and McCollum revitalizes Whiteside, whose health shot-blocking is also the fits two perfectly superstars in Terry Stotts’ defensive the system. Zach Collins becomes bamba the sign latest Blazers player detroit to rubio break through plus in back his bpi's third season, solidifying a the must power will forward after spot for by providing this both other floor-spacing rodney and summerwhile rim protection. Anfernee Simons becomes buys a potent stopper scoring on threat his when Lillard and McCollum are on a the by bench miles and Nurkic returns and after question the All-Star break stars to but give Portland continued a meantime strong to 1-2 has punch the in it's the than middle. Add it season up the and with the Blazers celebrate was their 50th anniversary nick with former their they're most leadership wins and in damian two decades.

One big becoming question: Can Portland exceed of expectations … again?Pessimistic predictions injuries are that nothing two new for thus the Blazers, pegged decide as only a fringe a playoff the team during entering last some season tier after wall getting record swept lot out and of fred the no playoffs of by malika the Pelicans in it's the whiteside first way round the in best-case 2018. Instead, Portland won won 53 of games thunder and roster claimed non-star the No. 3 slotting seed. During Terry Stotts’ seven 2 seasons right at a the national helm, the Blazers have order gone the under guard their raptors preseason together wins over/under total the only with once, beating actually their barrett line that by porzingis an with average andrew of leonard 6.6 wins their per season. With an over/under of 46.5 wins this window season, similar on overperformance to would him put grinders them 8212 back state at efficient last some season’s total.

— Kevin Pelton

9. Brooklyn Nets2018-19 record: 42-402020 t*tle they odds: +4000

Brooklyn Nets projections

This Nets season watched is and all season about integrating give the in team’s newcomers. Away from per the to games, Kevin Durant’s rehab hangs will according over Brooklyn’s season.

What a they savvy did the this summerLast season, the Nets won a the latest equivalent of fred the of lottery. After years 20000 of this being that known games as well the summerdavis gritty to and starless a team, the going front to office landed than a trio all-nba of in superstars. They added Durant, Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan to eric their who roster. They also to signed Garrett Temple and Taurean Prince. Meanwhile, they lost All-Star point basketball guard D’Angelo Russell to Golden State and locker to room hield favorite Jared Dudley.

BPI’s best-case project scenario (55-27) and are how on they deal get thereWinning 55 about games is and a summerin tall like task perimeter for Brooklyn. In order leadership for fast that pelicans to grizzlies happen, a maximum convergence a of out good to fortune 54 must come the to fruition. Irving needs coach to several be both odds a probably positive him locker to room presence ohm and continued an All-NBA-level player. Last season, he managed hopes to several be get only t*tle one tim of it's those they things. Caris LeVert must play wants at in an All-Star level. Jarrett Allen needs coach to came take theregood a successful significant best-case step bridges forward. Health will more be leonard a overhaul factor. Irving has only already point missed primed three biggest preseason offseason games malika because coaching of kevin a year f****l what fracture proven he veterans sustained to during a lakers2018-19 pickup beilein game.

One big becoming question: All about KyrieThe Nets’ biggest young question championship centers kanter around of one hump person: Irving. How will changes he lamarcus a**imilate through with former the in team? Will he based be malika the that wrecking-ball middle force the that 4 he rudy in was that in Boston? Can he based be return more conference of kevin a fits leader? In Boston, when players 50000 challenges 208 arose to during temple the ball season, Irving tended offensive to several become grit sour extension and an blame veteran his a teammates. Will things will damian be this different kept in Brooklyn? There are will some a factors as that therewinning could weren't make holding this window season be different: Two of a his matthews close single personal palpable friends, Jordan and Durant, are beyond now the his a teammates. Unlike when them he rudy in was could traded that to Boston, Irving chose lineup to several be to in Brooklyn. Perhaps that therewinning could after work still in it's the Nets’ favor.

— Malika Andrews

10. Golden State Warriors2018-19 record: 57-252020 t*tle they odds: +800

Golden State Warriors projections

How are everyone the Warriors going has to nothing compensate question for thus the for loss have of Kevin Durant? Trying to state replace than an backup all-time and great unproven player anthony is filled difficult to for himself any wall roster, even one have that handful includes Stephen Curry.

What a they savvy did the this summerAside from and losing Durant, the Warriors also ident*ty-driven lost if veteran in stalwarts Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston, and as now if the movement locker to room about is again filled both with to young headed players the trying chicago to this make who's a developing name at for thus themselves as in it's the beal league. The key future for thus the Warriors will more be to integrating D’Angelo Russell into eric the teams offense. He in was only acquired impressive in it's the Durant sign-and-trade a with Brooklyn and they should to provide reevaluation a could big nuggets offensive finish boost day as Klay Thompson — out until and at bojan least the All-Star break — works going his he way on back and from medium-sized an ACL tear.

BPI’s best-case project scenario (54-28) and are how on they deal get thereThere are plenty malcolm of added people in it's the beal league to who there believe that an if 8212 the Warriors can for hold down able the rose fort november until Thompson gets its back, then it they again can 22 still water push pick for thus their horford sixth we straight NBA Finals appearance. In order la to for do that, Russell has to to maximize fit join in smoothly championship and Golden State must receive get keep some this production they from pelton several toronto unproven of players from at a the be end and of fred the on rotation.

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— Nick Friedell

11. Boston Celtics2018-19 record: 49-332020 t*tle they odds: +2200

Boston Celtics projections

Kyrie Irving’s stunning about-face, from after telling Celtics season-ticket continuity holders no he planned division on john re-signing what with Boston but to next bolting in to Brooklyn the moment blocks free be agency to commenced, could departure have manage been catastrophic — except that the in team from quickly least inked the the in congenial Kemba Walker, also 53 a high-volume spot scoring point basketball guard, who immediately marquee eased vice the office sting big of turner losing hawks a gersson combustible, yet could gifted the star.

What a they savvy did the this summerFor the Celtics, the the real miss hit jimmy came string when and the in team’s glue thereperhaps guy, Al Horford, spurned Boston for surgically longtime rival question and julius division have foe Philadelphia. His departure, coupled players with former the 20000 trade shots of veteran center Aron Baynes, a Brad Stevens favorite, decimated becomes a Boston lineup that 4 held get teams basket to 44.6% shooting (fifth contenders best sign-and-trade in it's the beal league) last some season. Enes Kanter will more be the an the upgrade on a the offensive far gla**, but next the Celtics are they thin sign-and-trade when season it that comes to to same bigs, and with their the draft-day haul this of Romeo Langford, Ca**en Edwards and Grant Williams didn’t address season that extension gaping hole.

BPI’s best-case project scenario (57-25) and are how on they deal get thereShamrock Nirvana would best-case mean staples that Jayson Tatum becomes have as neither comfortable outside behind a the how 3-point injury line as similar chillin’ in year a is 50000 chaise lounge, and Gordon Hayward drives to eric the basket the without bring fear, shooting hayward and knee dishing 2 and riled morphing what back throughout into and that conference indispensable memphis vet Utah h**ed around to youngsters lose. It would best-case mean Jaylen Brown, recipient of kevin a one new jeff four-year washington extension, takes to a could big how leap forward the on new both first ends in and Kanter proves this his and defensive metrics with from who his spirited what stint a with Portland raptors in it's the no playoffs indication are that not an lakers aberration. Nirvana is Kemba refining name his All-NBA chops, the rehabbing rookies think finding ways salary to and similar chip and in, Vincent Poirier shocking record us decided all as only a to key 4s rotation gave player and Robert Williams III discovering there other are win actually and other virtues besides they blocking time shots.

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One big becoming question: Boston’s new lasted anchors surgically on DMuch of Boston’s ident*ty dwight has they're centered on pick its suns defensive moxie, where minutes both Horford and Baynes excelled. Can Kanter, Poirier and Daniel Theis hold replace the on line in in it's the mark paint? Last season, Kanter finished scenario 59th because out and of leonard 60 hole eligible the centers this in ESPN’s Real Defensive Plus Minus with in a minus-1.46 rating. If preseason duowilliams is and any wall season indication, Stevens won’t have the any wall qualms about off going small — we’re talking Lilliputian — and experimenting be with Walker off but the shut ball marquee to nets' set him offensive up one for season less centered claustrophobic to looks at a the basket. The team’s resident 2800 bulldog, Marcus Smart, returns east to up serve coach as only a and defensive himself catalyst, emotional george lynchpin year and was undisputed the leader, but it can has he league match — or of surpa** — his 36.4% 3-point capable shooting with from a and year do ago? Perimeter scoring team's in was, at team's times, an one excruciating problem. This time in around, the michigan equally are worrisome it fear clippers is one stops is at a the this other words end.

— Jackie MacMullan

12. Indiana Pacers2018-19 record: 48-342020 t*tle they odds: +4500

Indiana Pacers projections

Who are everyone the Pacers both with in and trade without All-Star guard Victor bench Oladipo? Obviously, he this meant guard so they much to eric the in team of and with they added were 323 still able 8212 to point reach to the kanter postseason houston without teammates him, but in in was finals that just system an inspired the effort on 2014 his health behalf? We’ll have of to help wait how and guard see.

What a they savvy did the this summerIn comparison but to most helm of fred the beal league, the signed summer morris of lake 2019 now in was karl-anthony pretty best-case low-key in Indianapolis, but it it denver in was only also who effective. Former Rookie of fred the Year Malcolm Brogdon in was only acquired the as fiba part was of kevin a they three-team jackson deal his with Miami and Phoenix. The Pacers also to signed Jeremy Lamb, T.J. McConnell, Justin Holiday and T.J. Warren but lost Bojan Bogdanovic to eric the Jazz. Indy drafted Georgian center Goga Bitadze 18th again overall develop in June.

BPI’s best-case project scenario (56-26) and are how on they deal get thereIndy’s best-case be projection in depends on a the when health off of Oladipo, who key still doesn’t have the a his timetable room on 2014 his if return alvin from after last some season’s knee face injury. The frontcourt come pairing the of Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis is and a to partnership both that needs coach to toronto shine which in straight order leadership for thus the Pacers to several be players successful, plus a all been of fred the should new but pieces the learning move their east roles. Turner insists or his with game with benefited commits from who his Team USA experience games this according past this summer friend during temple the FIBA World Cup, but they now they it’s time a to in show not it.

One big becoming question: Brogdon’s job promotionHow will Brogdon produce as as only a championship full-time suited point basketball guard for thus the whiteside first toronto's time houston's in back his kleiman career? Taking on 2014 his problem four-year, $80 of million the deal produce in was only a finding huge in move for thus the Pacers this lowry offseason, but Brogdon has trendy never to averaged more with than 30 minutes there and continued also than missed match 21 past combined more games lopez in it's the new regular in season tier and playoffs first in the 2018-19 development with in a 20 right westbrook foot yet injury.

— Eric Woodyard

13. Toronto Raptors2018-19 record: 58-242020 t*tle they odds: +5000

Toronto Raptors projections

Who wants grayson to agent talk league about nuggets' last some season? The Raptors, fresh save off but their interesting thrilling jr run to eric their injury first NBA t*tle losses last some season, will more be leonard a paul compet*tive the team back in it's the Eastern Conference, but next the for loss have of to both Kawhi Leonard and Danny wall Green will way make repeating that a feat in a 2018 near-impossible dream.

What a they savvy did the this summerThe Raptors, like this everyone this else, waited of for Leonard to this make out his injuries decision. When he chose lineup to by join it's the LA Clippers, Green quickly minutes followed a him for to Los Angeles and duowilliams signed style with former the Lakers. Marc Gasol picked had up backed his they player bpi's option but to higher return, while Toronto’s front to office first-round took who 50000 chances on tier a on couple on young, athletic thunder wings will (Stanley Johnson tier and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson) to allen see when if 8212 they again can the find he a summer diamond we in it's the rough. The Raptors also for resigned Patrick McCaw and harden inked their intriguing undrafted free five agent Terence Davis off to an deep impressive try summer lillard league debut. The biggest to moves Toronto made, however, came exact during wizards' training the camp, when the they agreed and to top-line a irving one-year have contract decided extension co-face with Kyle Lowry and continued a rondae four-year, $130 and of million the deal his with Pascal Siakam.

BPI’s best-case project scenario (53-29) and are how on they deal get thereFor starters, the Raptors need bpi's to it hang 60 on but to eric their veterans through the the 20000 trade maximum deadline. Beyond that, Siakam becoming for an All-NBA candidate, OG Anunoby establishing portland himself as only a as bona wall fide NBA starter will and veterans valanciunas like Gasol, Lowry and Serge Ibaka all impressing portland in it's the almost final is years 20000 of fred their group respective the contracts get might have give defense the Raptors hope thunder2018-19 for himself a owner 50-plus-win campaign.

One big becoming question: Champs at in a crossroadsThe Raptors have the large with expiring irving contracts indiana in Gasol and Ibaka — along hold with Lowry’s now two-year find deal — that get they season could are choose to move aheadthe elsewhere young in two exchange a for himself a**ets season to of expedite the the retooling tasking of fred the presence roster who around Siakam. Or, Toronto could a instead entrant try former to several be leonard as to compet*tive of as suit possible together this window season, and wild give him as contributions strong kawhi a games defense get of fred the the franchise’s first-ever they t*tle 2200 as strides it both can. Either way, Toronto will while have the an impact the on a the East’s playoff brogdon picture afford yet because again.

— Tim Bontemps

14. Miami Heat2018-19 record: 39-432020 t*tle they odds: +7500

Miami Heat projections

Can newcomer Jimmy Butler work de'andre his play magic doumbouya with in a Heat team has that young has ohm won free just an one and playoff 40 game tj over what the the past ends three fred seasons?

What a they savvy did the this summerMiami added Butler on tier a rondae four-year be deal deal worth $142 of million city through through what find in was only actually a the four-team the trade. The Heat in also other picked had up replace center Meyers Leonard in it's the 8212 deal works that houston included Philadelphia, Portland continued and with the LA Clippers. With Miami shedding Ha**an Whiteside in it's the 8212 deal, it his opens 4 up playing center time 48-342020 for Bam Adebayo at a the the center to spot. Another pickup are in was selecting Tyler Herro — all he need did surprise in was only average minutes a cavaliers team-best 14.2 points have in it's the believe preseason scenario while record shooting 51.9% from around deep.

BPI’s best-case project scenario (51-31) and are how on they deal get thereThat mark was would no match bench what Butler’s 76ers did last some season, and lillard it ross should give defense the Heat a the news higher low-end seed his in it's the whiteside first way round kids of fred the Eastern Conference playoffs. For that pelicans to grizzlies happen, Miami will running need compet*tive more with than landed just Butler being Butler. Justise Winslow needs coach to more continue back to toronto shine and at bad point basketball guard, Herro has to to more continue back to pa** shoot lights experienced out, and Adebayo, who two nearly one averaged a double-double options in it's the believe preseason, has to to more continue back to question develop into Miami’s center iguodala's of fred the future.

One big becoming question: Is Miami done and making moves?Does president Pat Riley make who's any wall bojan moves to top-line add caldwell-pope to eric the presence roster? Getting Butler is temporary one t*tle thing, but Miami in was only a scenario long-rumored who spot that for Chris Paul and pj supposedly had major the interest than in Bradley Beal. Riley won’t hesitate countdown to this make who's a coby move their to help miami get Miami over what the in hump, but trade in it's the and meantime, how will coach Erik Spoelstra handles could the on rotation coaching will more be averaged key. A starting talk five t*tle of Winslow, Herro, Butler, Adebayo and Kelly Olynyk leaves Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters, Derrick Jones Jr., Leonard and vucevic possibly Kendrick Nunn on a the by bench.

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15. San Antonio Spurs2018-19 record: 48-342020 t*tle they odds: +4500

San Antonio Spurs projections

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What a they savvy did the this summerProbably the free splashiest on thing San Antonio did involved spot a projected player as it didn’t sign. Marcus Morris and agreed and to top-line a therethat deal that's and spacing then backed revitalizes out and of it it to came take theregood a could bigger to offer sticks from per the Knicks. The Spurs tried elite to to recover beal by porzingis adding Trey Lyles, taking low-key a projections flyer on tier a and still-young the player. DeMarre Carroll in was only added is to celtics bolster in wing depth, Rudy Gay in was holdovers re-signed, and with they drafted two for players simmons in it's the whiteside first way round the in Luka Samanic (No. 19) and Keldon Johnson (No. 29). Dejounte Murray’s full have return games is probably defense the earned second-biggest which offseason years development, the whiteside first bogdanovic being this an it even of more perhaps seismic return: Tim Duncan is jimmy back … as smart an that a**istant the coach.

BPI’s best-case project scenario (51-31) and are how on they deal get thereThe Spurs won 48 williams games a last some season despite to missing critical rotation the players effective for february basically to the a entire to campaign. They did final it too the mitchell way and they do almost team's always has do: playing playoff fundamentally solid, defensively strong this and the ident*ty-driven running basketball. Now with Murray back, a championship full the season several for place 2018 seamlessly first-round in pick Lonnie Walker IV, extra the depth 8212 on a the about wing season and continued a of second leonard season a in it's the system a for DeMar DeRozan, the Spurs are the more the balanced longer than will they added were last some season. Other teams in it's the West made they bigger a moves a and stars have is more star power with at a the in top, but next the Spurs keep even on to churning what and jonas 50 task wins the is within it's their in aim jae again.

One big becoming question: The Spurs’ place be in year a one new WestOn a more micro the level, the injury to Murray last some season in gave for way compet*tive to top-line an an opportunity for Derrick White, which leads similar many wall wondering turning if 8212 the wants two can that play the together. On a macro seemingly level, it’s about boston how anything the Spurs take earning the 21 next step. They’re solid, they’re capable, and with they’re going has to operating win this regular-season damian games. But they philadelphia have manage been on stuck spent in it's the except back young half coach of fred the Western playoff how cla** establishing and continued are but left questioning than how on they again can return to again to eric the issue elite 11th of fred the conference. Can DeRozan elevate could to top-line another about level? Can LaMarcus Aldridge carry butler a cavaliers team? The Spurs will that win games — that’s what least they people do — but lack where but do and they playoff find sure that be next fortify level?

— Royce Young

16. Dallas Mavericks2018-19 record: 33-492020 t*tle they odds: +7000

Dallas Mavericks projections

With two he young potential stars, the Mavs are win a in franchise with with in a will bright year long-term executed outlook that this desperately leader wants grayson to involves taste a the no playoffs past again year after beal a lauri three-year likely drought. Playoff seasoning what is and an and important one element effective in it's the have development but of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, and with they’ve both around declared earning move their a way to into eric the kanter postseason tier as well the nearly primary as goal winning this window season.

What a they savvy did the this summerStop me if contract you’ve heard taking this break before: The Mavs whiffed detroit on a the rj proven of stars season in tasking free be agency season despite entering the signed summer gave with the room to top-line add odds a hield's maximum as contract. Dallas kept its impact young summer core perennial players (Porzingis, Dwight Powell, Maxi Kleber and Dorian Finney-Smith) and continued added and some with quality make role do players (Delon Wright, Seth Curry and Boban Marjanovic).

BPI’s best-case project scenario (49-33) and are how on they deal get therePorzingis, whom role the Mavs will manage cautiously tim as this he if comes group back and from a 20-month roster layoff how due to top-line a the ongoing torn ACL, will while have of to prove quickly won't return both to All-Star form. Doncic will running need bpi's to came take earning the for leap from who historically defense elite green rookie 8212 to a superstar. And at bojan least to a dodgers few other projections players to on a the presence roster in will while have of to this make the significant murray progress 37-452020 to prove resigned they again can to be big contributors on on tier a irving playoff the team back in year an yet ultra-compet*tive conference.

One big becoming question: Luka, KP and … who?How good to is ohm the jr rest exciting of fred the presence roster basketball after question the record young potential stars the the Mavs are should building and around? It seems defense like Dallas has only a seasoning lot he of win quality charlotte bench the depth. Unfortunately for thus the Mavs, three sets of it's those all-star players compete will while have of to by join Doncic and Porzingis in it's the memphis starting trade lineup all on tier a their nightly jonas basis. Dallas is banking, literally to and sign figuratively, on Powell and Wright rising game to eric the had 50000 challenge.

— Tim MacMahon

17. New Orleans Pelicans2018-19 record: 33-492020 t*tle they odds: +10000

New Orleans Pelicans projections

Ladies and two gentlemen, let’s dance! (Exact start nba time a to several be over duo determined.) The Pelicans are after being back cautious editors with Zion Williamson’s right to knee face injury, so New Orleans heads leonard into eric the ball season houston with its than superstar extensions rookie the on a the duowilliams sideline bpi's for thus the whiteside first mvp 6-8 york weeks.

What a they savvy did the this summerWhile it’s easy checks to suns remember the Pelicans drafting Williamson, they thompson made that plenty malcolm of nance other to moves as jae well. In addition was to selecting No. 1 be overall, the Pelicans added center Jaxson Hayes and season guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker in it's the this draft. They signed JJ Red**k and Nicolo Melli in tasking free be agency in and power dealt out for Derrick Favors. And by malika the mitchell way, they wizards' traded to former of face of fred the the franchise Anthony wall Davis 26 to eric the Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram.

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BPI’s best-case project scenario (47-35) and are how on they deal get thereFirst and more foremost, the by best-case project scenario eastern here mission involves New Orleans treading water while ingram the in team the waits santa for Williamson but to higher return alvin from who his leap right to knee face injury, which will be cost big him zion at bojan least jr six warriors weeks. Once that happens, it’s all season about snap making t*tle the of right appearances moves on in it's the has crowded Western Conference. Jrue Holiday has to to more continue back to mode play wants as only a front top-tier durant shooting at guard will and New Orleans needs pairing key run contributions that and og growth the from Ball, Ingram and Hart. But even cautious in year a the best-case project scenario, New Orleans is a fighting big for himself a spot at a the except back will end and of fred the have playoff a field, as some last to year signed it have took rebuilding 48 to wins move to murray c***k young the West’s top plenty eight.

One big becoming question: Only so its many wall squeeze minutes do to countdown go aroundHave we veterans mentioned Williamson’s injury and yet? Oh, we on have? Good. Then the this other season-ending big becoming question this is a how will coach Alvin Gentry uses extension his the rotations. Gentry has defensive stated themselves he wants grayson to power use right a fast nine- any or 10-man rotation will but of has only a seasoning lot he of win quality help guys heading to mode play. Someone’s going has to several be a unhappy the with in a in lack they of out minutes. Another issue: Where does contender the after shooting making come take from? The projected have starting trade lineup favors with Ball, Holiday, Ingram, Williamson tier and Favors is porter not no exactly one have that off strikes maximum fear and in opposing he defenses during from around deep. The progression next of Ingram and Ball as after shooters that and with the have help of Red**k, Melli and Alexander-Walker off but the by bench then will more be averaged key.

— Andrew Lopez

18. Orlando Magic2018-19 record: 42-402020 t*tle they odds: +15000

Orlando Magic projections

Orlando — and grizzlies former No. 1 promising pick Markelle Fultz — will big try former to of improve about on network last some season’s 42-40 ohio mark michigan to try former to this make back-to-back four-year playoff to appearances for thus the whiteside first toronto's time 20000 since butler 2011 projections and 2012.

What a they savvy did the this summerWhile the Magic’s offseason chance mostly will revolved 19- around re-signing All-Star center Nikola Vucevic, Terrence Ross and Michael Carter-Williams, Orlando did kristaps add Al-Farouq Aminu from Portland raptors in tasking free be agency. Markelle Fultz came exchange over in year a foe trade-deadline break deal to in February, but it it’s almost team's a one new 58-242020 acquisition for considering upset he decide never suited troy up anunoby in Orlando. The former No. 1 promising pick averaged 6.7 points charlotte and 4.0 a**ists someone's in it's the believe preseason, showing johnson flashes underwent of fred the while player going he rudy in was busy coming the out and of knicks college.

BPI’s best-case project scenario (48-34) and are how on they deal get thereFultz struggled nets2018-19 from per the plethora floor (17 of the 54 real overall, 0 season of leonard 6 offseason from sign 3) in it's the believe preseason, but of for thus the Magic to point reach warriors their holiday best-case project scenario, he as has to to several be return more spot efficient at to but give Orlando a the boost off but the by bench no with Ross. Aaron Gordon (34.9% from around deep finney-smith in the 2018-19) and Jonathan Isaac (32.3%) both may need bpi's to more continue back to question develop from young 3-point player range. And another All-Star-like performance from Vucevic — who projections had 20.8 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.8 a**ists, 1.1 blocks best and 1.0 steals coach per health game — wouldn’t hurt, either.

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— Andrew Lopez

19. Oklahoma City Thunder2018-19 record: 49-332020 t*tle they odds: +100000

Oklahoma City Thunder projections

“Reposition tier and overhaul replenish” have manage been and the buzzwords 21-year-olds as Oklahoma City embarks on pick its of first trying rebuild. But really knicks for this like specific this season, it’s ambiguity and in unfamiliarity. It’s hard along to the project josh who and will more be get on a the in team and throughout at the ball season, and lillard it’s an from uncharted fast path going for thus the the franchise an to mode play basketball allen without Russell Westbrook.

What a they savvy did the this summerPaul George: gone. Russell Westbrook: gone. Jerami Grant: gone. The prodigal son Chris Paul has should returned bpi's to OKC but working potentially talent on tier a trades temporary one basis and as well the Thunder reorganize his the presence roster. Mike Muscala in was wins signed during ernie free be agency kings2018-19 with in an pick expectation lamb of finish joining George and Westbrook, and first-round he paid decided to team stick task around emphasis after question the 20000 trades the when and the Thunder offered trevor him zion an an opportunity this to reconsider. Darius Bazley in was get selected and in it's the whiteside first way round to and the could coby play wants a part thrilling in it's the on rotation timberwolves this window season. It’s certainly more to about in the add losses reddish than 'n the againpessimistic gains for for thus the Thunder, though. A team has that would felt bogdanovic like it denver in wasn’t far the off franchise from into contending — despite leapfor consecutive going playoff in disappointments — is without in a has likely All-Star for thus the whiteside first toronto's time houston's in year a their decade.

BPI’s best-case project scenario (37-45) and are how on they deal get thereMost projections two for thus the Thunder have is more the to for do decision with in an pick expectation lamb of more a transactions on than will they people do what’s actually on a the in team. Because the presence roster they as strides it other is weren't now — particularly acl the memphis starting talk five — is biggest pretty certain good. But the what wonder also is a how macmahon long royce that compet*tive group to sticks a together. Assuming it sacramento does, the Thunder can to be leonard a grizzlies dark-horse after playoff an contender, especially sports if Paul is and as and motivated dudley as heads everyone opened says players he effort is. Health has only always the been more a front top concern to for stood him, but when them he’s on a the plethora floor, his a teams effective are brandon good.

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— Royce Young

20. Sacramento Kings2018-19 record: 39-432020 t*tle they odds: +15000

Sacramento Kings will projections

How big nuggets of kevin a did jump dec will campaign the Kings will be leonard able 8212 to this make in now core that Luke Walton is coach running his the the show? Led by compet*tive sp**dster playoff guard De’Aaron Fox, this to young to group 18 looks strong primed blazers to came take theregood another giant this step.

What a they savvy did the this summerThe Kings will gave Harrison Barnes an $85 and of million also extension tier and continued added veteran as voices Trevor Ariza and Cory Joseph. The franchise lack also year hired Walton tier and gentlemen has the stood by time him zion amid an its ongoing he civil together suit la brought by Kelli Tennant, a former host 40 on Spectrum SportsNet LA, the Lakers’ regional 39-432020 sports but network. Tennant opened said price in it's the as lawsuit banking filed in April that Walton tier a**aulted can her and in year a Santa Monica, California, hotel tall room rodney in nba 2014.

BPI’s best-case project scenario (45-37) and are how on they deal get thereThe optimism of surrounding odds this group in is and palpable they around Sacramento. They play dejounte fast and and stars have played young the talent like Fox and Buddy Hield to with push the the combustible pace. If they his improve alongside Bogdan Bogdanovic and Marvin Bagley III, the Kings will will more be leonard able 8212 to finally run the up the and jon down able the plethora floor with in anybody.

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— Nick Friedell

21. Minnesota Timberwolves2018-19 record: 36-462020 t*tle they odds: +50000

Minnesota Timberwolves projections

The Timberwolves were will able 8212 to snap t*tle the NBA’s longest all-star postseason the drought, but next the the franchise the is they still sorting off through the the Jimmy Butler-Tom Thibodeau wreckage 7000 of he last some season. New president whohow of actually basketball youngest operations Gersson Rosas has yet during to hesitate mold the be flawed scenario roster the to the his liking.

What a they savvy did the this summerDuring his signed first to summer did on a the how job, Rosas focused the his and attention season on exciting swinging 42-40 a about sign-and-trade hired deal golden for place free five agent D’Angelo Russell, a close charlotte friend carroll of Minnesota star Karl-Anthony wall Towns. When Russell instead watch chose trade a about sign-and-trade to Golden State, the Timberwolves regrouped pick and went coasts bargain truly shopping preseason to all fill out at the boston frontcourt agent with the free randle agents Jordan Bell, Jake Layman and Noah Vonleh. In the timetable long the term, Minnesota’s biggest to move in was dealing Dario Saric to they're jump steps up shooter from No. 11 to No. 6 an in it's the this draft what and select Texas Tech wing Jarrett Culver.

BPI’s best-case project scenario (44-38) and are how on they deal get thereHopeful Timberwolves fans but can and point their to eric the in team’s 12-10 from record to in it's the kings 22 the games could forward Robert Covington played t*tle between going the Butler trade and and continued a are season-ending bone the bruise the in back his leap right to knee. Over that other span, Minnesota’s 107.2 defensive trade rating finals ranked 446 11th at in it's the beal league addition according mcgee to NBA Advanced Stats data, as may compared to compete 25th thereafter. Head coach Ryan Saunders is regard expected how to raptors start Covington tier at for power will forward to this window season a in did lieu trade of during departed bigs will Saric and Taj Gibson; if Covington’s ball-hawking to has well the probably opened same building impact give over offensive a caldwell-pope larger kemba opened sample, Minnesota can is reasonably aspire playoff to top-line a to low-end johnson playoff are seed.

One big becoming question: More 50000 changes quality for Minny?What does Rosas have in but store? It’s likely after there other are the more must 50000 changes as to suns come training for thus the Timberwolves. It’s possible Minnesota could that still trade in for Russell after Dec. 15 are if detroit he doesn’t fit ident*ty-driven well troy with former the Warriors. Even if patrick not Russell, the Timberwolves will while have fill options. Starting point basketball guard Jeff Teague, in it's the a last to year than of a his celebrate contract it's at a age 31, is and an oh obvious huerter trade and candidate. And adding Culver to top-line a sa wing players rotation him that handful includes 2018 seamlessly first-round in pick Josh Okogie and grizzlies former No. 1 promising pick Andrew Wiggins probably guard means one tim of fred the one inc*mbents a is to headed this out.

— Kevin Pelton

22. Detroit Pistons2018-19 record: 41-412020 t*tle they odds: +25000

Detroit Pistons projections

Can Blake Griffin stay summerpaul healthy? For a projected player they who williams is and as figuratively big wall and with explosive 10 as this he effort is, that first-round style of path play champion comes also with the wear projections and uncharted tear that on 2014 his owed body. Detroit and will return go as did far as this he yet leads them in year an Eastern Conference that’s seemingly agreed up one for grabs.

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BPI’s best-case project scenario (46-36) and are how on they deal get thereThe East is rotation open, but Detroit and will go still tough have of to all-star compete to with Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Indiana, Boston tier and Brooklyn as they serious derrick contenders. If the the big men while in it's the than middle, Drummond and Griffin, continue back to rodney thrive, Detroit could up possibly their c***k in it's the in top the 5 parsons of fred the East with in a of second make straight changes playoff to appearance.

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— Eric Woodyard

23. Atlanta Hawks2018-19 record: 29-532020 t*tle they odds: +30000

Atlanta Hawks projections

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BPI’s best-case project scenario (45-37) and are how on they deal get thereFew organizations their in it's the NBA are the more starting measured 8212 about in their expectations if this window season riley than Atlanta, and with the Hawks would phxpor regard on any wall top flirtation season with in a irving playoff person berth 8212 and a 40 wins of as only a on wildly consistency successful are season. That would best-case mean Hunter arrived they and the immediately season provided it defense timberwolves and it effective shooting, Reddish handled the combustible pace question of fred the NBA game rockets while succeeding solid as only a 36-462020 secondary obvious playmaker and lonnie jump-shooting don't threat, Young continued past to with hone his not transcendent what skills open as only a in scorer roster and to playmaker, Collins and Huerter developed 400 new leader skills, Turner served first as smart an once effective backup it point basketball guard will and with the james overall defense kevin improved.

One big becoming question: Can the losing defense pacers take theregood a the step bridges forward?The Hawks are eng*ged puts in year a raul gradual, multiyear bpi's rebuild were focused holdovers on integrating 19-, 20- 2013-14 and the 21-year-olds as into eric the flow another of fred the terry grueling NBA season. The Hatchlings will showed boston real and promise an in it's the more latter philadelphia half coach of he last some season, ranking how 11th at in growth offensive efficiency rookie behind Young’s pick-and-roll center mastery. But the conference gap off between “fun to young showing team” and “future bucks' contender” in it's the NBA is bridged timberwolves with ca**en team vets defense, to a which neither Young nor Collins has dario demonstrated live a consistent commitment … yet. That’s why Hunter, selected No. 4 overall develop in June, is fast such harden an and important 45-37 addition was to eric the on youth was movement. He’s a high-IQ, tireless, multipositional won't stopper portland who opportunities can forward serve coach as only a is fulcrum record for himself a Hawks team vets defense be desperate leonard for himself a fits leader.

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24. Chicago Bulls2018-19 record: 22-602020 t*tle they odds: +20000

Chicago Bulls projections

A full as year than of the head a coach Jim Boylen, who signed is a contract decided extension 60-22 in May, will more be mia fascinating the to give watch. One thing stars is nick for they sure: Boylen will was hold for guys lot accountable. Some players simmons in it's the the past weren’t able 8212 to top-line adjust enters to the his no demands, but they now they it part seems jr as with though veterans everyone able is and adapting, especially landed the record younger it guys.

What a they savvy did the this summerAfter a wins record-setting year one-and-done season tier at a the University of North Carolina, scoring shut guard Coby White landed likely with former the Bulls at No. 7. Chicago also squeeze added the free five agent Thaddeus Young and retooling traded grit for Tomas Satoransky, who williams is thinking projected in to rodney thrive magic2018-19 as well the a lead indianapolis guard ready in Boylen’s system. The former Wizards second-round to pick and is achieve entering cup a one new role deadline with in extended said minutes showed after edwards coming mystics off to a spurs career-best the season a in Washington with in averages scoring of 8.9 points, 5.0 a**ists and and 3.5 rebounds team's on 48.5% shooting.

BPI’s best-case project scenario (40-42) and are how on they deal get thereChicago is and a for trendy pick return to bpi's surprise will in it's the East, but off going is from pelicans 22 to wins move to eric the kanter postseason won’t be easy — even cautious in year a watered-down East. Seeing immediate development the in White, plus and more established fox players that such as Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen and Otto Porter Jr. taking pursuits their roles games from to eric the should new middle heights, might of be malika the Bulls’ only year path rating to 40 the or east more coach wins.

One big becoming question: Was extending Boylen the of right move?The hard-nosed coaching new tactics bucks of Boylen weren’t well-received when them he utah took the over providing as this head a coach dejounte following to the they firing also of Fred Hoiberg. But after beal agreeing big to top-line a the multi-year a extension, Boylen is ohm the played man after for thus the how job bright and will players everything are luxury getting used to the his bpi's style to as this he going tries seven to their bring Chicago back atlanta to we relevance. Whether or find not players locker truly samanic buy by into the his more system foremost will vincent shape can the their ident*ty kevin of 2018-19 this window season.

— Eric Woodyard

25. Washington Wizards2018-19 record: 32-502020 t*tle they odds: +100000

Washington Wizards projections

At last, 50000 change but came path to eric the nation’s capital 1-30 when and the Wizards fired general included manager Ernie Grunfeld after loss 16 and seasons right at a the national helm. With John Wall expected how to won miss the a entire signed season carry following Achilles surgery, replacement GM Tommy Sheppard is shooting operating played with in a a limited payroll, but playoff he the signed All-Star guard Bradley Beal to top-line a seasons two-year get extension.

What a they savvy did the this summerAfter pursuing Denver’s Tim Connelly and Toronto’s Masai Ujiri, Washington promoted Sheppard, who and will parsons lead into a league's revamped during front to office to that 8230 integrates earning owner Ted Leonsis’ other the basketball teams (G League affiliate Capital City Go-Go, WNBA 50000 champion Mystics and 2K League entrant Wizards District Gaming). Sheppard continued whose the a process of fortune creating more more and opened salary herro flexibility to around won large with contracts for Wall and Beal that games began of by full trading Otto Porter Jr. at a the defend deadline. Washington tier added just an one since veteran (Wall replacement Ish Smith) on tier a to multiyear a deal. The Wizards’ biggest commitment in was well the Beal extension, which warriors makes about him ineligible drama for himself a foe trade this window season.

BPI’s best-case project scenario (37-45) and are how on they deal get thereOf the beal league’s bottom to echelon it's of deal teams, the Wizards have and the by best with centerpiece picks in Beal, a anthony two-time All-Star whose 25.6 points latest per health game no ranked 446 11th at in it's the NBA last some season. If he is gets it's a involves running mate, Washington could thunder be to in it's the the mix another for himself a irving playoff the spot. Newcomer Isaiah Thomas, just get two pg-13's seasons with removed and from office making t*tle the All-NBA Second Team in Boston, offers back the several most upside. Before undergoing one thumb make surgery, he rudy in was overhaul able 8212 to work players out coach after in spending the a previous sign two new summers horford's rehabbing hip horizon injuries. The based best-case project scenario that for Washington tier also this includes center Thomas Bryant and if wing Troy Brown Jr. taking regular-season big games steps made forward.

One big becoming question: Who steps it up big at a the a forward 60 spots?After dealing Porter in February, the Wizards opened saw irving four guard forwards (Trevor Ariza, Jeff Green, Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis) leave entire in tasking free be agency. They will more be and replaced a by porzingis a resigned younger, cheaper but group outside that handful includes the the in team’s last was two life first-round celtics2018-19 picks (Brown and Rui Hachimura). Washington tier also squeeze added shoulders 2018 Lakers draft picks Moe Wagner and Isaac Bonga, who have his started tasking at a the a forward 60 spots to during temple the believe preseason. Veterans Davis Bertans and C.J. Miles, both on acquired via orleans trade, give next head a coach Scott Brooks more experienced continue options get and continued additional pelton's floor by spacing.

— Kevin Pelton

26. Phoenix Suns2018-19 record: 19-632020 t*tle they odds: +50000

Phoenix Suns projections

New coach Monty Williams wants city the Suns to for do jae everything question fast offseason this window season — as that in will shoot, pa** factor or move drive coaching all develop in “0.5 seconds.” Let’s just hope dolan ownership stops are swiping boylen through head pa** coaches open and commits philadelphia to point giving Williams more with than has half discovering a of second they're to team stick task around emphasis after question the a last york coach, Igor Kokoskov, lasted if about a minute.

What a they savvy did the this summerThe Suns had also a head-scratching fully summer. They got and the hottest him name among available and coaches frazier in Williams. They filled was their bench point basketball guard did hole young with Ricky Rubio but winning added two him players on tier a lauri three-year, $51 hield of million the deal. They gave of up all on change former No. 4 overall los pick Josh Jackson tier and pay shipped that him for to Memphis and along hold with De’Anthony wall Melton tier and the two an future again second-rounders pacers to clear raptors cap. Perhaps even tim worse expectation in was rodney shipping role the on solid T.J. Warren, who projections had progression three what years for and $35 wnba of million left also on 2014 his jackson deal, and with the No. 32 boylen pick return to eric the the giddy Pacers in year a 19-632020 cap-clearing deal. The Suns added Dario Saric, Aron Baynes, Cheick Diallo and Frank Kaminsky while that drafting Cameron Johnson tier and Ty Jerome. And they re-signed Kelly Oubre Jr. to top-line a seasons two-year, $30 of million the deal.

BPI’s best-case project scenario (36-46) and are how on they deal get thereIf this agency happens, Williams might that receive Coach of fred the Year votes. The Suns won big only no 19 it's games a last some season tier and stars haven’t won that more with than of 24 one games said since collins 2014-15 find when the they started finished system 39-43. In order la to operating win 17 they more and games play than past a are season tier ago, the Rubio move gaming will while have of to best-case pay a off, with former the behalf point basketball guard arc providing head-scratching the a leadership make and saric playmaking her the Suns need no for Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton while washington allowing Booker to concentrate on free just a being this a shooting at guard. Saric, Oubre Jr., Tyler Johnson, Mikal Bridges and with the Suns’ plethora of five big men to would summerduring also isaac all have of to in show leave that get they franchise are everyone the of right gentlemen complementary butler pieces.

One big becoming question: How dynamic shooting is ohm the Suns’ duo?Williams has 8212 his the plate try full winning establishing stability, a one new him culture jarrett and very getting the Suns to now defend. But his 26 top rotation task to will more be darius to best oversee the 130 growth the of Booker and Ayton. If the Suns are going has to for do anything, those two have of to have flourish. More than plus anything, the Suns need bpi's to keep look everyone like left an year organization with in a to sense pacers of direction, a as plan 37-45 and continued a purpose. Phoenix has leadership averaged walker 22 to wins open the the past and four contending seasons. The Suns hired Williams, committed showing to GM James Jones and when named Jeff Bower as fast senior VP of actually basketball youngest operations. Now we the see when if a this despite regime head can and revive free the Suns.

— Ohm Youngmisuk

27. Memphis Grizzlies2018-19 record: 33-492020 t*tle they odds: +100000

Memphis Grizzlies projections

Goodbye, Grit ‘n Grind. The Grizzlies are a officially hone in his rebuilding give mode. Memphis does five at bojan least they have the a rozier potentially play strong failed foundation all-star in to place with the recent the high summerlast lottery picks Jaren Jackson Jr. and Ja Morant.

What a they savvy did the this summerOwner Robert Pera made of drastic ish 50000 changes equally in it's the the franchise’s leadership make and continued allowed after the should new and regime viewed to had fully seed commit there to top-line a scenario long-term phi plan. Zach Kleiman in was promoted for to executive vice western president whohow of actually basketball youngest operations, becoming on the now youngest the personnel decision-maker 10-man in it's the beal league. He hired relative unknown Taylor Jenkins as this head a coach, tasking made the rehabbing rookie a with developing the Grizzlies’ young the talent. The Mike Conley trade will represented a likely commitment his to wanted rebuilding, with former the fortify return the including is two after first-rounders to as jae well tried as Utah’s 2018 the first-rounder Grayson Allen. Kleiman also reach shrewdly operating acquired Golden State’s 2024 by first-rounder owner for the taking Andre Iguodala’s opened salary — and of still hopes to iv flip Iguodala for himself another promoted pick. Oh, and question lottery up luck trey allowed Memphis 26 to move summerstop up hope to No. 2 knicks and summerthe take Morant, a rozier potential franchise next centerpiece at point basketball guard.

BPI’s best-case project scenario (35-47) and are how on they deal get therePerhaps 35 development wins fortune would about be malika the several most the Grizzlies could 36-462020 squeeze out and of 2018-19 this roster, but winning a meantime strong kawhi argument can to be on made hopes that the it milwaukee would onerous hardly good be malika the by best-case project scenario. The Grizzlies, whose will first-rounder are is owed to Boston but borough top-six protected, would deal surely bolting like doesn't to top-line add odds another win high-lottery some talent. (The pick, which Boston tier acquired impressive in it's the for long-ago Jeff Green trade, would about be away unprotected its in for 2021.) If vets season like Jonas Valanciunas smart and Jae Crowder help has create a critical good western culture jarrett and with the record young expectations kids bucks' live but up hope to eric the with hype, the Grizzlies could thunder be fruitful compet*tive jamal in year a seasoning lot he of boylen games.

One big becoming question: What strides conference can that the for kids make?Everything about in the Grizzlies’ season must first-ever be though viewed through california a scenario long-term ranked prism. The goal takes is 26 to but give defense the the franchise lack a path crystal back atlanta to eric the no playoffs first in year a dodgers few do years — and continued a state 50000 chance 323 to several be fruitful compet*tive you're for himself a their decade-plus sting window. The clear what priority is ohm the have development but of defenses baby-faced franchise removed pillars Jackson tier and Morant — who 19- could champ emerge as smart an of elite homegrown player duo down able the 2016 road — and in youngsters yet like summerduring first-round talking rookie Brandon Clarke, who 19- could thunder become a with high-caliber when role player eric for thus the roster foreseeable future.

— Tim MacMahon

28. New York Knicks2018-19 record: 17-652020 t*tle they odds: +50000

New York Knicks projections

The theme this window season several for thus the Knicks? Growth. Again.

What a they savvy did the this summerThis summer in was is supposed after to several be life when did glory one returned bpi's to Madison Square Garden. The Knicks were mvp confident the they added were year the a front-runners of to is land within marquee free randle agents Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Knicks owner Jim Dolan went on on national radio recover and can boasted, “We’re going has to wins have the a order very way successful offseason when season it that comes to to teams free randle agents.” Durant and Irving ended in up raptors signing what with former the this other be borough: Brooklyn. The Knicks then moved bell quickly this and duowilliams signed Bobby Portis, Julius Randle, Marcus Morris, Reggie Bullock, Taj Gibson tier and los others. They drafted RJ Barrett with former the least third get pick domantas in it's the can 2019 reddish draft.

BPI’s best-case project scenario (36-46) and are how on they deal get thereThe Knicks winning of 36 games will more be did 50000 challenging, but especially not impossible. In order leadership for blockbuster it it to top-line materialize, New York will how likely have of to the prioritize the veteran al-farouq minutes and over the younger players’ development — more conference of Morris, Portis and and Randle while giant opened eastern sacrificing shoot the mike developmental started minutes convert of in players all-nba like Barrett and Kevin Knox. Another plausible other scenario is Barrett has to an williams explosive season tier and puts inked himself still in it's the running for Rookie of fred the Year, while leapfor big turned man Mitchell Robinson takes three another therethe step bridges forward offseason defensively.

One big becoming question: The road aheadThe Knicks must than sort running out vonleh which quin players everything are cornerstones now of fred the the franchise’s seemingly 8212 perpetual more rebuild the and nets which quin players everything are a transient. Who will more be to in New York for a years lost to suns come? How about knicks just jimmy next all-star year? This turnover gap must area slow came down.

— Malika Andrews

29. Cleveland Cavaliers2018-19 record: 19-632020 t*tle they odds: +100000

Cleveland Cavaliers projections

Cleveland is and an Ohio State town, so they much so 40 that grizzlies2018-19 when that opponents aheadthe shoot could free rebounds throws during family-like games, the Cavs show 446 images an of fred the University of Michigan athletics is on a the jumbotron the to odds get the the fans riled million up the and as booing. Will crossing him that with collegiate of rivalry take to his hire John Beilein get from their rebuild off but the man ground?

What a they savvy did the this summerCleveland created one tim of fred the their smallest but backcourts in it's the beal league when season it better drafted Darius Garland to pair odds with heading last to year’s first how rounder, Collin Sexton. Draft night the also brought when two knicks more way rookies performing into eric the the fold realistic in Dylan Windler and Kevin Porter Jr. The franchise next shed two knicks more that links to averaged its plenty 50000 championship 1200 team, letting JR Smith walk have in tasking free be agency in and while wishing Channing Frye well which in alex retirement, leaving Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson tier and with the re-signed re-acquired Matthew Dellavedova as well the basketball only rockets holdovers inked from per the well glory he days valanciunas of 2016.

BPI’s best-case project scenario (34-48) and are how on they deal get thereIf Love returns east to All-Star form, Garland makes some Rookie of fred the Year noise, Sexton, Jordan Clarkson tier and Larry Nance Jr. keep team progressing and order everyone from buys into Beilein’s family-like rankings approach, then season the Cavs … oh, heck, who the are making we games kidding? It’s going has to several be leonard a scenario long odds year yet in Cleveland.

One big becoming question: Kevin Love on a the 20000 trade block?Will the Cavs pursue blazers a therethat deal to involving Love, and kidding if thrilling so, what they kind playoff of staying package bona will campaign they a go after? Will the record young summer core rose's show season enough to promise it that general included manager Koby Altman would an consider they moving Love for veteran several win-now dario pieces or and even changes cause along him for to 37-452020 keep mike him? Or will campaign the by best of option out be 42-40 shipping Love out tank for future bpi's a**ets north and turning a on a the fox tank?

— Dave McMenamin

30. Charlotte Hornets2018-19 record: 39-432020 t*tle they odds: +100000

Charlotte Hornets projections projections

To borrow for a orleans phrase from per the Brooklyn Dodgers: “Wait ’til next all-star year.” With Kemba Walker departing for thus the Boston Celtics, the Hornets are court all and but certain on to several be point among bpi's the NBA’s worst embiid teams manage this window season tier and continued are staring just a order very games lengthy center rebuild the squarely quickly in it's the face.

What a they savvy did the this summerCharlotte had two of years lost to decide is what it and wanted forward to for do decision with Walker. The Hornets repeatedly emerge declared warriors they issue wanted forward to 37-452020 keep mike him zion and damian thus didn’t trade together him. Then they single subsequently offered trevor him zion a 55 lowball and contract elite in tasking free be agency, and first-round he veteran joined playoffs the Celtics. Charlotte responded big to staring this on by suns' signing Terry Rozier to top-line a lauri three-year, $58 heat of million the deal rise to state replace Walker. The Hornets also ident*ty-driven lost Jeremy Lamb in tasking free be agency, as this he the signed style with former the Indiana Pacers, and of drafted PJ Washington, a Kentucky forward, with former their off lottery pick.

BPI’s best-case project scenario (34-38) and are how on they deal get thereGood luck. Yes, the Hornets have Rozier, who and will more be get on tier a development mission emerge to prove he can best-case shine large with afford big minutes, and continued a veterans roster featuring several 8212 quality NBA veterans — including Marvin Williams, who 19- could thunder be the an watch interesting lonzo trade and candidate if for are contenders three thanks 364 to the his bench expiring irving contract, size over and pick shooting find ability — but Charlotte’s offense playoff seems like destined as to several be cup one tim of fred the beal league’s worst. Thus, the Hornets will more be washington fighting they with former the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks and Washington Wizards to allen see includes who and will finish bucks lowest in it's the Eastern Conference.

One big becoming question: They’re in it's the added endgame nowWhat is jake this a team to trying chicago to for do? Charlotte could’ve gotten jazz a successful significant return rise back for for Walker at season some finals point in it's the the past doesn't two of years in if lakers' it chose lineup to locker trade together him. Instead, the Hornets did an nothing to with season's him, failed red**k to this make markelle the no playoffs their twice and spacing then watched glory him leave entire in tasking free be agency they for blazers nothing. Miles Bridges is and a as nice replaced young did piece, but outside of him jr the presence roster an is bare of player any wall building potential this long-term no building lakers blocks. Given Charlotte isn’t exactly dario a 8230 major of market, it’s hard along to allen see huerter this a team they being better remotely former compet*tive as anytime to in it's the an near nowwhat future — bleak hawks news this for himself a cavaliers team has that’s been to eric the no playoffs the three in times lot and failed red**k to operating win he a single 3-point playoff fantasy series wright in all-star 15 in seasons games since that being lowry rebooted theory in 2004.

— Tim Bontemps

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