Power Rankings: Let the games begin

Updated: October 27, 2014, 5:20 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
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The San Antonio Spurs, in the words of coach Gregg Popovich, didn't "look very interested" during their month-long preparations for Tuesday night's launch of the 2014-15 NBA season.

Yet I suspect you know the drill by now. The defending champions always grace the top spot in the first two editions of ESPN.com's NBA Power Rankings, barring some sort of injury catastrophe during training camp.

The Spurs haven't seen much of Kawhi Leonard this month thanks to a nasty eye infection, but that's not enough to cost them their No. 1 status before a real game is played. Remember that Oklahoma City, San Antonio's nearest rival in the West, has weathered its own slew of early injuries on top of the loss of Kevin Durant for at least a month because of a foot fracture.

Cleveland, Chicago and the Los Angeles Clippers are undoubtedly threats to take their turns at the top in the next 24 weeks, but not yet -- not when the Spurs' status as the preseason favorite in the West has been only strengthened.

Meet us back here every Monday during the regular season as we take the pulse of the teams 1 to 30, courtesy of your trusty committee (of one) by weighing what we're seeing in the present in equal measure with each team's big-picture outlook, along with the standard dash of subjective whim.

You can comment below on the rankings, which are compiled with the usual helpful dishing from ESPN Stats & Info and the Elias Sports Bureau. More insight into this week's order can be found on Stein Line Live.

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