Top-10 NBA Power Rankings Following Raptors Trade for Kawhi Leonard

The entire NBA world was stunned by the massive blockbuster deal involving Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan. It wasn't just another huge trade in the association -- this superstar swap can completely change the landscape of both conferences. While several teams improved this offseason, the goal of chasing down Golden State remains. Obviously, there's potential for more blockbuster moves this offseason, but as of now, here are the 10 best rosters in the league.

10. Indiana Pacers

You've been warned: don't sleep on Victor Oladipo and the Indiana Pacers. If they didn't have to face LeBron James in the opening round of the postseason, Nate McMillan might've taken them far in the Eastern Conference. Now, it's time to see the full potential of this young roster, as Myles Turner and Aaron Holiday are the perfect pieces to aid Oladipo in the future.

9. San Antonio Spurs

Abandoning the ridiculous drama-filled saga with Kawhi Leonard will help the Spurs return to postseason success. Besides, the trio of LaMarcus Aldridge, DeMar DeRozan, and Dejounte Murray should complement Gregg Popovich's change of pace offense. There's no denying that losing Leonard stings, but getting another superstar in return will keep their playoff streak intact.  

8. Oklahoma City Thunder

Re-signing Paul George was a significant moment for Oklahoma City because they finally proved they can retain superstar talent in free agency. Shipping Carmelo Anthony out of town was the next successful aspect of the offseason. With that, the Thunder's duo of Russell Westbrook and Paul George is ready to redeem itself next season. 

7. Utah Jazz

Utah wasn't supposed to be this good after losing Gordon Hayward, but Donovan Mitchell wasn't aware of their low expectations. The rookie phenom led the Jazz to the Western Conference semifinals, as they upset Oklahoma City in the opening round of the postseason. With Rudy Gobert, Ricky Rubio, and Joe Ingles forming a nice supporting cast, it's time to start paying attention to the Jazz. 


6. Philadelphia 76ers

Even though Philly missed out on LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard, the Sixers have enough talent to compete in the East. Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are already bonafide stars in this league, but the potential of Markelle Fultz is the most intriguing aspect of this roster. If he can rediscover his jumper, the 76ers might have the power to dethrone Boston, especially considering the depth and three-point shooting on their roster.

5. Toronto Raptors

Despise Kawhi Leonard if you want, but the two-way superstar is clearly one of the premier talents in the NBA. All the nonsense of him sitting out this season is ridiculous, as the All-Star forward is vying for a max contract next offseason. With Kyle Lowry, Jonas Valanciunas, and Danny Green by his side, Leonard should take Toronto to new heights in the Eastern Conference. In fact, the Raptors might just find themselves playing in the NBA Finals.

4. Los Angeles Lakers

Don't let the unproven youngsters on the Lakers distract you from LeBron James' brilliance. He took an underperforming Cavaliers roster to the NBA Finals. Why can't he make another remarkable run with this core in Los Angeles? It'll take time for their youth to develop, but the trio of Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball should make life easier for the King. Even if LA doesn't add another superstar to the mix, James can carry them in the postseason. 

3. Houston Rockets

If there's one roster built to take down the Warriors, it's the Houston Rockets. Although they've had contract disputes with Clint Capela, all signs point to bringing back the same roster. Between Chris Paul's toughness and James Harden's scoring ability, the Rockets need to be feared around the league. They didn't land any marquee players during free agency, but Houston didn't need to make any adjustments to become championship contenders.

2. Boston Celtics

The Celtics were one win away from making it to the NBA Finals, and they were without Kyrie Irving or Gordon Hayward. With Jayson Tatum bound for stardom and Jaylen Brown using another year to develop, the sky is the limit for Boston. Let's also not forget about the versatility of Al Horford or quickness of Terry Rozier. Now that LeBron James is out of the Eastern Conference, expect Brad Stevens' squad to dominate any challenger that steps in their way. 

1. Golden State Warriors

Regardless of all the hatred flowing in Golden State's direction, the reigning champions are undeniably the best team in the NBA. The Warriors were already loaded with talent, but losing JaVale McGee and adding DeMarcus Cousins is pretty nifty. Winning another title isn't guaranteed by any means, yet it's hard to ignore the overwhelming amount of All-Star players on this roster. Once again, the road to the Larry O'Brien Trophy goes through the Warriors.