NBA strength rankings based on tournament odds (RJ Barrett supplement changes Donovan Mitchell talks)

The Donovan Mitchell Lottery has taken an interesting turn.

The New York Knicks reportedly set a deadline with the Utah Jazz to agree to the Mitchell deal, and when it did not go through, the Knicks signed winger RJ Barrett to a new four-year extension, potentially eliminating him from any package the team would make. Be prepared to trade for Mitchell.

Does this open the door for another team to grab Mitchell? Or is Utah’s asking price too high?

With Kevin Durant off the table and back in Brooklyn, Mitchell is the biggest remaining domino to fall this season, unless the Jazz decide to stick with it.

While Barrett’s extension likely won’t change the Knicks’ view of our strength rankings, it does open the door for other teams to make a move for Mitchell and jump over the points. With the NBA season less than two months away, let’s tackle the latest NBA strength rankings:

The Golden State deserves the spotlight, especially with some of the more unofficial additions it has introduced to replace Otto Porter Jr. and Damion Lee and Gary Payton II.

Boston Celtics striker Jason Tatum.

Boston has certainly improved their support this season, but Danilo Galinari’s meniscus tear will shorten the bench early in the 2022-23 season.

You can make an argument that the Bucks have been healthy Kris Middleton far from running back-to-back NBA Finals. Love them at this price in the 2022-23 campaign…

Is that too high for LA? Perhaps the cause of injury concerns, but the Clippers arguably have the deepest roster in the NBA when they’re healthy.

Brooklyn Nets striker Kevin Durant.

Two words. Kevin Durant.

Seriously, as long as he’s in Brooklyn, the Nets deserve respect as a title contender.

The Oddsmakers slept on a healthy team from Denver that made the Western Conference Finals the last time this core team was together.

The Sixers will be a strong team for the regular season, and the question is whether or not their stars will make an appearance in the postseason.

Miami Heat striker Jimmy Butler.

Can the Heat return to the Donovan Mitchell sweepstakes?

The Suns is basically setting things back, but last year’s playoff effort leaves a lot more questions than you’d like for the 10/1 team.

Luka Doncic could carry this team to the playoffs, but losing Jalen Bronson hasn’t been perfect this season.

Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant.

Is Ja Morant taking another leap? If so, the Grizzlies must return to the top of the West.

The Lakers have made a move for Patrick Beverly, which suggests they may move on from Russell Westbrook this season.

Zion Williamson can turn the Pels from a marginal supplement team into a legitimate competitor if he stays healthy.

Wolves will enter, but their depth will be tested after Rudi Gobert’s deal.

Atlanta Hawks goalkeeper Trae Young.

Are the hawks undervalued at this price after adding the Dejounte Murray? The odds makers seem to be expecting them to be a playable team again.

Will the Raptors join the Mitchell race? They have the chops and picks to make a competitive offer at least.

Chicago needs to stay healthy into the 2022-23 season after crushing injuries to the team in the second half of last season.

The Knicks count continues to shrink, and it would be fun to watch the trio of Barrett Mitchell and Jalen Bronson if it did.

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Darius Garland.

Darius Garland could be next in the East, as he’s already an All-Star team and almost wanted the Caves in the playoffs.

Portland has retooled this season, but it will be tough to get into the playoffs in the West.

The Hornets are set to take a step back, which isn’t the way Steve Clifford envisioned his return to the franchise.

Can someone actually get Danny Inge to deal with Mitchell?

The Knicks’ extension with Barrett could open the door for Washington in the Donovan Mitchell lottery.

Detroit Pistons guard Jaden Ivey.

The Pistons will need some teams to fall back in the East for the playoffs, but they aren’t destined for the top pick in 2023.

The Kings are a team to watch in the West, as they seem to want to do the playoffs rather than sit in lottery purgatory.

Orlando’s odds are a little long for a team that looks better on paper than Indiana, Houston and San Antonio.

The Therese Halliburton Show could make the Pacers watchable this season.

Oklahoma City Thunder striker Chet Holmgren.

Chet Holmgren is coming out this year, which is absolutely killer for Thunder’s evolution this season.

The Spurs are in full tank mode, and they could help facilitate this off-season Russell Westbrook deal.

Houston Rockets guard Galen Green.

The Rockets will be a fun offense to watch, but there will be a lot of growing pains too.

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