After a free agency period that saw very few key free agents switch teams and yet still held a crazy amount of drama as the NBA becomes a year-round affair more and more, the dust has begun to settle.
The Warriors won the NBA title less than a month ago, after losing just five games throughout the entire playoffs. Yet already people are rushing to crown other teams. The Spurs landed the best free agent open to switching teams in LaMarcus Aldridge, but that meant breaking up the core that had won a title and had so much success the past three seasons. The Cavaliers bring back a monster roster that learned how to win in the playoffs, but still has to unlock a few logjams and may still need LeBron James to do everything.
The Warriors did nothing in free agency. They drafted Kevon Looney. That's it. That's the only real addition they made. But that's the thing with Golden State's formula: It's not only exceptional, it's still young. They're going to get better on their own accord, without key additions. So until these big moves the other teams made prove to be the right ones, I'm sticking with the Warriors as the top dogs.
It's been a month, for crying out loud.
These rankings aren't meant to give perspective on who will finish with more wins next year. It's about who had what kind of power to their offseason, factoring where they started, and what they did with it. Charlotte's not going to finish with fewer wins than Minnesota (probably), but the Wolves added Karl Anthony-Towns and that matters.
Here are your Offseason Power Rankings: