Nick Whalen ranks each of the 22 teams heading to Orlando for the restart, which begins July 30.
1. Milwaukee Bucks
While the Clippers remain my personal pick to win the Finals, I still have to hand Milwaukee the No. 1 spot in the power rankings. The Bucks won nine more games than the Clippers during the regular season and are anchored by a soon-to-be-two-time MVP in Giannis Antetokounmpo. Khris Middleton isn't Paul George, but he's quietly put together another fantastic season and will have a good chance to join the 50/40/90 club.
2. Los Angeles Clippers
LA's other team grabbed the momentum prior to the shutdown, but the Clippers are in better shape entering the restart. At full strength with a roster that's deep at every position, the Clippers are better positioned to weather injuries and slumps. If the Leonard-George and LeBron-Davis duos are a wash, I trust the rest of the Clippers' contributors far more than the Lakers' – especially in the backcourt.
3. Los Angeles Lakers
Pick against LeBron James at your own risk. If both he and Anthony Davis are locked in, the Lakers are the toughest team in the league to beat in a seven-game series. But the Lakers come to Orlando carrying serious depth concerns after losing Avery Bradley and, potentially, Dwight Howard. Guard depth was already a weakness before the shutdown, and now the Lakers will be forced to rely on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Alex Caruso, Dion Waiters,