The Golden State Warriors top Brett Dawson’s NBA power rankings to open the season _lowres

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates during the second half of Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland, Tuesday, June 16, 2015. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 105-97 to win the best-of-seven game series 4-2. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

1. Golden State Warriors (last year: 67-15)

“Lucky” or not, the NBA’s best backcourt and most wide-open system give the defending champs the top spot.

2. Cleveland Cavaliers (53-29)

Kyrie Irving’s injury will be a factor early, but LeBron James and a weak East add up to many wins.

3. San Antonio Spurs (55-27)

LaMarcus Aldridge was the offseason’s biggest acquisition, but how long until the Big Three starts to show its collective age?

4. Houston Rockets (56-26)

Clint Capela gives James Harden an interior anchor even if Dwight Howard isn’t healthy.

5. Oklahoma City Thunder (45-37)

Kevin Durant is back and Billy Donovan is here, but the championship window might be closing.

6. Los Angeles Clippers (56-26)

Chris Paul and Blake Griffin now have a bolstered (but volatile) bench, including Paul Pierce.

7. Memphis Grizzlies (55-27)

New year, same question: Does the league’s toughest team have firepower to advance in the West?

8. Chicago Bulls (50-32)

Derrick Rose’s health could dictate whether Fred Hoiberg’s up-tempo style goes boom or bust.

9. Miami Heat (37-45)

When Wade, Bosh and Co. are healthy, the Heat boast a starting five as good as any in the East.

10. Atlanta Hawks (60-22)

Team was built with Spurs’ blueprint, but last season’s 60 wins somehow feel like a flash in the pan.

11. New Orleans Pelicans (45-37)

Tyreke Evans’ injury costs the Pels a few spots, but this could be among the West’s most dangerous teams down the stretch.

12. Toronto Raptors (49-33)

Slimmed-down Kyle Lowry is due for a banner year, but there are sizable questions in the frontcourt.

13. Milwaukee Bucks (41-41)

Greg Monroe provides a post presence and scoring punch, but Bucks could use some shooters.

14. Washington Wizards (46-36)

Will Otto Porter step in and step up, or will the Wiz spend their season pining for Kevin Durant?

15. Utah Jazz (38-44)

Rudy Gobert anchors up-and-coming defense for a team that should contend for a playoff spot.

16. Boston Celtics (40-42)

Brad Stevens is one of the league’s best coaches, but he’s lacking star power.

17. Phoenix Suns (39-43)

Maybe the West’s greatest mystery, the retooled Suns could surge or sink.

18. Indiana Pacers (38-44)

Paul George is at power forward and Pacers are playing fast, but tested-tough identity is missing.

19. Sacramento Kings (29-53)

DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo and George Karl certainly will make for must-see drama.

20. Dallas Mavericks (50-32)

If banged-up Wes Matthews, Chandler Parsons and Deron Williams are at their best, they may surprise.

21. Detroit Pistons (32-50)

Stan Van Gundy can play shooters around Andre Drummond, which is a style he favors.

22. Charlotte Hornets (33-49)

Went 6-21 without Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who will miss the season after shoulder surgery.

23. Denver Nuggets (30-52)

They’ll be fun to watch and better than oddsmakers think, but Nuggets are a few years away.

24. Orlando Magic (25-57)

If Scott Skiles makes the Magic into playoff contenders, he’s well ahead of schedule.

25. Minnesota Timberwolves (16-66)

Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns mean no team in the bottom 10 has a brighter future.

26. New York Knicks (17-65)

Can a healthy Carmelo Anthony get the Knicks on track, or might he be midseason trade bait?

27. Los Angeles Lakers (21-61)

The rookies look promising, but not enough to get Kobe Bryant back in the playoffs.

28. Brooklyn Nets (38-44)

With no first-round pick, no incentive to tank. But there’s not enough talent to be in the playoff hunt.

29. Portland Trail Blazers (51-31)

With so many personnel losses, Damian Lillard might average more points than the Blazers have wins.

30. Philadelphia 76ers (18-64)

At what point does this tankfest get relegated to the ACC?