On August 7, the big moves of the summer should be done. But both Carmelo Anthony and Kyrie Irving want to be traded, so we remain on alert and ready to alter the projections of any teams involved in a major deal.
Maybe those deals don't come for a while, though. This year's rookies can't be dealt for the first 30 days after signing their first contract (Andrew Wiggins wasn't traded for Kevin Love until Aug. 23, 2014) and free agents who signed new deals aren't trade-eligible until Dec. 15. A delayed deal would make for some awkward moments at Media Day and in locker rooms over the first two months of the season, but the Knicks and Cavs obviously have to get the best deal available and neither team has much pressure to win games in October and November.
With no clear timeline for these possible deals, let's just go ahead and rank the league's 30 teams as they stand right now.
No matter what happens with Anthony and Irving, it's the Warriors and everybody else. The defending champs should be the biggest pre-season title favorite we've seen in a long time, and it's hard to imagine a non-injury scenario that has them losing four games in any playoff series next Spring.
But every team in the league has questions to answer and numbers to know with player movement having slowed to a crawl. Some teams will surprise, some will disappoint, and some will wish they were in the other conference.
With Jimmy Butler, Paul George and Paul Millsap all moving from the East to the West, conference imbalance may be bigger than ever (the West has already had a better record in 17 of the 18 seasons). But their moves have created opportunities for a few teams in the East, where Gordon Hayward's arrival could signal the end of LeBron James' dominance.
- High jumps of the summer: Minnesota (+17), Philadelphia (+8), Denver (+7)
- Free falls of the summer: Atlanta (-15), Chicago (-14), Indiana (-11)
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Pace: Possessions per 48 minutes (League Rank)
OffRtg: Points scored per 100 possessions (League Rank)
DefRtg: Points allowed per 100 possessions (League Rank)
NetRtg: Point differential per 100 possessions (League Rank)
The league averaged 98.7 possessions (per team) per 48 minutes and 106.2 points scored per 100 possessions last season.
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