NBA Power Rankings: Wire-to-wire Golden State Warriors

Updated: April 13, 2016, 1:58 AM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
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Can't believe it's over.

The regular season. Our regular Monday get-togethers. And, saddest of all, Kobe Bryant's career.

Yet there's some consolation for the Committee of One and its faithful audience as this enterprise heads into hibernation until late September: ESPN.com's final weekly batch of NBA Power Rankings for the 2015-16 campaign is about as historic as it gets.

The Golden State Warriors, as you surely expected by now, have pulled it off, topping our ladder wire-to-wire after securing their record 34th road win of the season and ensuring that they'll be the first team in history to go through a full 82 games without losing two in a row.

The defending champs were naturally No. 1 in the Training Camp Edition of the rankings and managed to keep hold of the top spot all the way through Week 24, which adds up to 26 consecutive turns at No. 1, something this Committee never thought possible.

This dispatch is also print-and-laminate-worthy because the San Antonio Spurs, thanks to the strongest regular season in the history of the Pop-and-Timmy era, have to go down as the strongest No. 2 team we've ever seen in our 14 seasons in charge of the rankings.

Then you start to realize that these rankings will never again feature Kobe as an active player and, well, what more needs to be said?

We'll leave the rest to you in the comments section below. Weigh in there, as always, on our 1-to-30 order -- and the very thick line in imaginary ink separating the top two teams from the rest -- or Kobe or anything else on your mind. And please allow us, for the last time this season, to transmit our heartiest thanks to all of our pals at ESPN Stats & Information, as well as the Elias Sports Bureau, for the priceless data assistance they provide week after week after week to help us with all of our calculations.

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