NBA Power Rankings: Final thoughts for 2015

Updated: December 28, 2015, 2:53 PM ET
By Marc Stein |
Monday, Dec. 28

For a team that admits to looking for any available milestone to chase, big or small, here is the latest on the line for the Golden State Warriors:

Wins in all of the Warriors remaining games in 2015 would nudge them to a tidy 31-1 and smash the league record for the best winning percentage ever recorded entering New Year's Day, ahead of both the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers (36-3, .923) and the 1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers (35-3, .921).

The Warriors, for the record, think they can play much better than they have over the past 10 games or so, which isn't exactly an outlandish claim given that frontcourt star Harrison Barnes -- as well as head coach Steve Kerr -- are nearing returns to active duty.

ESPN's Basketball Power Index now rates the Warriors as 62.3 percent likely to win 70 games and 33.4 percent likely to match the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' all-time best 72 wins. Bear in mind, though, that merely repeating last season's 67 wins would clinch the baseball equivalent of consecutive 130-win seasons for Golden State.

Which is to say that, yes, we're running out of things to say about these guys, unsettling as that sounds with 17 more Rankings Mondays in our future. Your faithful Committee of One cannot help but re-ask the question: Is this bound to be the first season in Power Rankings history in which one team goes wire-to-wire at No. 1 for an entire season?

More discussion about The Other Twenty-Nine Teams and where they fall on this week's ladder can be found, as always, via Stein Line Live. Allow us to send our hearty thanks and best 2016 wishes to our friends within the NBA wing of ESPN Stats & Information, as well as the Elias Sports Bureau, for the peerless data assistance they provide to help us with all of our calculations. You can comment on the latest 1-to-30 order below.

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