October 29, 2012 10:04 PM by Braxton
Los Angeles Lakers
Well, there’s not much to be said about the Lakers. They added the best Center in the NBA and one of the best Point Guards of the last decade and they didn’t have to give up Kobe or Pau. So yeah, they have that going for them. However, adding big names together doesn’t just magically turn into wins. They will still have to find chemistry with each other, but that shouldn’t be a problem. The Lake Show will finish 1st in the Pacific Division.
Los Angeles Clippers
Lob City added some pieces to a roster lacking depth. Jamal Crawford, Grant Hill, Matt Barnes, Lamar Odom, and Ronny Turiaf will add some much needed depth for the Clippers. Sure, they aren’t superstars, but Chris Paul’s passing abilities make anybody look good. Clippers will finish 2nd in the Pacific Division.
Golden State Warriors
The Warriors are a talented team, there’s no denying that. They have two of the best pure shooters in Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. They have two nightly double-double threats in David Lee and Andrew Bogut. Along with them, they also drafted North Carolina Tar Heels standout Harrison Barnes. The only problem is, they are very injury prone. Barring any long-term injuries, the Warriors will finish 3rd in the Pacific Division.
With arguably the best Center in the NBA outside of Dwight Howard, the Kings have to be loving what DeMarcus Cousins is turning into on the court. He averaged 4.1 offensive rebounds in 2011-12, for tops in the NBA. However, the Kings have to be disappointed in Tyreke Evans. Since his rookie season, his stats have lowered in points per game, rebounds per game, assists per game, and 3-point shooting percentage. Not much will change for Sacramento, and they will finish 4th in the Pacific Division.
The Steve Nash era in Phoenix is officially over. The Suns should be in the rebuilding state of mind, and luckily for them, they are rebuilding with a fairly good roster. They have a respectable starting five of Goran Dragic, Shannon Brown, Michael Beasley, Luis Scola, and Marcin Gortat. Outside of Jared Dudley, however, the Suns don’t have much depth. Phoenix will finish 5th in the Pacific Division.