October 30, 2012 9:30 AM by Braxton
San Antonio Spurs
Finally, we have the San Antonio Spurs. We all know the story with them. Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Tim Duncan will all have solid seasons as the Spurs post another 50+ win season. They are consistent, experienced, and above all else, talented. They also have depth which is very important to any team wanting to win a championship. The Spurs will finish 1st in the Southwest Division for the third straight year.
The Grizzlies are always a team that is just there. They aren’t in the upper echelon of elite teams, and they aren’t ever really fighting for a playoff spot. They are always in the middle of the pack when it comes to the standings. Although they lost O.J. Mayo, the emergence of big man Marc Gasol will make up for that. The Grizz should have no troubles making the playoffs, and will finish 2nd in the Southwest Division.
After winning the NBA Championship a year before, last season was a disappointment for the Mavericks. The Lamar Odom experiment was a failure, and the eventual Western Conference Champions, the OKC Thunder, swept them in the first round. However, they did make some quiet, yet good, moves in the off-season. They signed Darren Collison, O.J. Mayo, Elton Brand, and Chris Kaman. Even though Dirk will miss a little time due to arthroscopic knee surgery, the Mavs still have a decent roster. Dallas will finish 3rd in the Southwest Division.
The Houston Rockets made probably the most publicized move of the off-season by signing Jeremy Lin to an offer sheet. The only thing more shocking than his $25M, 3-year offer is that the Knicks didn’t match it. New York’s most recent golden child had moved on after not even a full season with the team. With not many big names on the Rockets roster, the Rockets could take a big step backwards this season. Houston and their new “Linsanity” will finish 4th in the Southwest Division.
Editors Note: The addition of James Harden will be a nice addition to the Rockets and could make the Rockets a competitive team in the Southwest Division.
New Orleans Hornets
After they traded Chris Paul, the only thing exciting for the Hornets was Eric Gordon. Once he went down with an injury limiting him to only 9 games, the next best thing was to be excited for a chance at the 1st overall draft pick. When they got that, they got a potential franchise player in Anthony “The Unibrow” Davis. Even with the Kentucky standout playing for them, the Hornets are still a bottom feeder. New Orlenas will finish 5th in the Southwest Division.