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NBA: The big bold predictions

After what is possibly the wildest off season in NBA history, we're a week into season 2019/20. It's time for me to put my neck on the line and make some predictions.

Throughout the season, Inside Sport will be bringing you our NBA Power Rankings. These are not necessarily ranking based on records. This is a purely subjective assessment of how a team is progressing, projected and playing.

All records are as of Thursday night Australian time.

30. New York Knicks (1-4 Record)

The Knicks are awful, but we expected that. The Point Guard Mecca has perhaps the most depressing PG 'battle' ever. This team isn't as young as you may think: Julius Randle, Marcus Morris, Elfrid Payton and Bobby Portis are all receiving significant playing time. The lone spark at the Garden is RJ Barrett. The rookie's unsustainable 3 point shooting aside, looks the real deal on offense.

29. Sacramento Kings (0-5)

It hasn't started well for one of last seasons League Pass darlings. The offensive talent is there, but the Kings just can't stop anybody. They've had blowout losses to the Suns and the Jazz as well as losing at home to Charlotte. Losing Marvin Bagley to injury has hurt, but this malaise runs deeper. Only this morning, the Kings declined the 4th year option on his backup Harry Giles. Contract issues have hung over the team through preseason. That cloud seems to have followed into the season proper. Coach Luke Walton needs to find a way to right this ship in a hurry.

28. Golden State Warriors (1-3)

You almost certainly know a Dubs fan who has their fingers in their ears, screaming at the top of their lungs 'IT'S ALRIGHT! WE'VE STILL GOT STEPH' over and over. Find that person. Give them a nice cup of green tea and a biscuit. Break the news to them gently. Steph is injured. Draymond Green is injured. Their reign is over. Be the best friend you can be – Warriors fans need you right now.

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27. Chicago Bulls (1-4)

A slow start for a team that should be on the rise. Lauri Markannen is averaging a double double despite some shooting woes. Coby White looks like a steal at #7 in the draft. The talent is there, but it just hasn't quite clicked yet. The Bulls are a wait and see team.

26. Charlotte Hornets (2-3)

Coach James Borrego has made the youngsters his focus. Rookie PJ Washington looks really good. Miles Bridges and Devonte Graham have been solid, too. 'Big' off season addition Terry Rozier has been fine, but the team will expect more as he settles in. Cody Zeller – a man who looks like he could roll up to your local B grade league - has had an excellent start to the season. It's a shame he's made of shortbread.