Way too early NBA power rankings 2022-23

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team. 18. . . . Boston Celtics. 3

NBA power rankings — 3. Boston Celtics

The Celtics fielded one of the best defenses in modern NBA history last season. With Kevin Durant rumors coming on strong, there’s a chance they get even better next season. Even if Durant doesn’t ultimate join Boston, there’s enough star power between Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown to put the Celtics right back in title contention. New arrival Malcolm Brogdon will immediately become the best sixth man in basketball, and there’s no reason to expect slippage on the defensive end.

Golden State Warriors. 2. team. 41. . .

NBA power rankings — 2. Golden State Warriors

Golden State won its fourth title of the Stephen Curry era last season, further cementing the immortal legacy of the Splash Brothers and Draymond Green. The dynasty rumbles on into 2022-23, and while the stars’ ages are a mild concern, there are multiple young players with the potential to explode onto the scene and pick up any of the veterans’ slack. Curry is still a top-5 player in a down year, and Jordan Poole is quickly looking like the West’s next All-Star caliber offensive firecracker.

89. . . . Milwaukee Bucks. 1. team

NBA power rankings — 1. Milwaukee Bucks

Injuries derailed the Bucks’ season in the second round. Even without Khris Middleton, a notorious Celtics killer and top-25 player, Milwaukee managed to force the eventual conference champs to seven games. Giannis Antetokounmpo has taken on the mantle of best NBA player, the Bucks have excellent personnel on both sides of the ball, and Mike Budenholzer continues to prove himself more than adequate as the man in charge. A full-strength Bucks team should be the preseason favorite.

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