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NBA Power Rankings: Kawhi Leonard’s revamped Clippers on top; LeBron James’ Lakers third; Raptors, Warriors plummet –

The entire landscape of the NBA shifted late Friday night West Coast time as the Los Angeles Clippers reportedly made two bombshell moves, signing free agent Kawhi Leonard to a four-year, $142 million contract while simultaneously completing a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder for Paul George.

The trade does two immediate things to the top of the NBA’s hierarchy: It thwarts the Los Angeles Lakers’ attempt to form a super-duper team around three stars in Leonard, Anthony Davis and LeBron James, who currently might be the three top basketball players on Earth. And it makes the Clippers the heavy favorite to win the 2020 title in an NBA that now looks drastically different from a week ago.

As the NBA’s 2019-20 season has begun to take shape, here’s an only-slightly-too-early NBA Power Rankings.

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