Southwest Division


1. San Antonio Spurs

Grabbing one of the best free agents available makes them top tier contenders.

2. Houston Rockets

Trading for Ty Lawson keeps them in that sneaky good category.

3. Memphis Grizzlies

Not much change in the rotation, but they are still among the best.

4. New Orleans Pelicans

With a new coaching philosophy, they’ll try to take advantage of Anthony Davis’ skill set.

5. Dallas Mavericks

Losing out on DeAndre Jordan really sucked the life out of this team.


San Antonio Spurs

Head Coach: Gregg Popovich

Key Position: Guards

Key Rookies: None

Key Acquisitions: F LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers), F Rasual Butler (Washington Wizards), G Ray McCallum (Sacramento Kings), F David West (Indiana Pacers)

Starting Lineup: G Tony Parker, G Danny Green, F Kawhi Leonard, F LaMarcus Aldridge, C Tim Duncan


Houston Rockets

Head Coach: Kevin McHale

Key Position: Guards

Key Rookies: F Sam Dekker, F Montrezl Harrell

Key Acquisitions: G Ty Lawson (Denver Nuggets)

Starting Lineup: G Ty Lawson, G James Harden, F Trevor Ariza, F Terrence Jones, C Dwight Howard


Memphis Grizzlies

Head Coach: David Joerger

Key Position: Guards

Key Rookies: F Jarell Martin

Key Acquisitions: F Brandan Wright (Dallas Mavericks), F Matt Barnes (Los Angeles Clippers)

Starting Lineup: G Mike Conley, G Courtney Lee, F Jeff Green, F Zach Randolph, C Marc Gasol


New Orleans Pelicans

Head Coach: Alvin Gentry (Golden State Warriors)

Key Position: Forwards

Key Rookies: None

Key Acquisitions: G Nate Robinson (Denver Nuggets), C Kendrick Perkins (Cleveland Cavaliers)

Starting Lineup: G Tyreke Evans, G Eric Gordon, F Quincy Pondexter, F Anthony Davis, C Omer Asik


Dallas Mavericks

Head Coach: Rick Carlisle

Key Position: Forwards

Key Rookies: F Justin Anderson

Key Acquisitions: G Wesley Matthews (Portland Trail Blazers), G Deron Williams (Brooklyn Nets), C Zaza Pachulia (Milwaukee Bucks), C JaVale McGee (Philadelphia 76ers), F Jeremy Evans (Utah Jazz)

Starting Lineup: G Deron Williams, G Wesley Matthews, F Chandler Parsons, F Dirk Nowitzki, C Zaza Pachulia

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