NBA Power Rankings: Sixers rise with James Harden; Nets tumble

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24. San Antonio Spurs

If this is the last season for Gregg Popovich, it truly is a shame that he wasn’t rewarded with a better roster. Tough times are ahead for the San Antonio Spurs. But the good news is that they will have flexibility heading into the offseason.

23. Indiana Pacers

For a team that has elected to retool on the fly, I’m not sure there’s much better than what the Indiana Pacers accomplished at the NBA Trade Deadline. They essentially traded Caris LeVert and Domantas Sabonis for expiring contracts, draft capital, Tyrese Haliburton, and Buddy Hield.

That’s a great return for a team that desperately needed to retool its roster. This should be an interesting team next season.