NBA Power Rankings: Breaking Down Teams on the Rise Entering 2015-16

October 5th, 2015 by Steven Cook Leave a reply »

Just more than three weeks remain until the 2015-16 NBA campaign tips off, upon which we'll begin to find out which teams are truly ready to take the next step and which ones will be shoved back into the league cellar.

On the heels of a memorable 2014-15 season and another wild free-agency period (although not quite as hectic as last year's), the balance of power in the league hasn't quite shifted. While there have been a few contenders—namely the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers—to make notable additions, even more intriguing are those teams preparing to climb the ranks and threaten for a playoff spot.

More than one of those teams is out there, so let's take a look at three prime candidates after we break down a preseason version of the NBA power rankings.


NBA Power Rankings


Teams on the Rise Miami Heat (No. 9)

Relentless injuries and a year-long LeBron James hangover doomed the Miami Heat last season, but they appear locked and loaded to threaten the best of the East—which just so happens to include their former teamma ...

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