Southwest Division

1. San Antonio Spurs

There wasn’t any splashy moves, but their depth is what will help them stay as contenders.

2. Houston Rockets

Getting Chris Paul could put them into the top tier of the conference.

3. New Orleans Pelicans

A full season with Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins should have them in the hunt for a playoff spot.

4. Memphis Grizzlies

The conference has gotten tougher for them to sneak into a low playoff seed.

5. Dallas Mavericks

There is some excitement surrounding their lottery pick Dennis Smith Jr. and what the future holds for this franchise.

Head Coach: Gregg Popovich

Key Position: Guard

Key Rookies: None

Key Acquisitions: F Rudy Gay (Sacramento)

Starting Lineup: G Patty Mills, G Danny Green, F Kawhi Leonard, F LaMarcus Aldridge, C Pau Gasol

Head Coach: Mike D’Antoni

Key Position: Forward

Key Rookies: None

Key Acquisitions: G Chris Paul (LA Clippers), F PJ Tucker (Toronto)

Starting Lineup: G Chris Paul, G James Harden, F Trevor Ariza, F Ryan Anderson, C Clint Capela

Head Coach: Alvin Gentry

Key Position: Forward

Key Rookies: None

Key Acquisitions: G Rajon Rondo (Chicago), Ian Clark (Golden State)

Starting Lineup: G Jrue Holiday, G E’Twaun Moore, F Dante Cunningham, F Anthony Davis, C DeMarcus Cousins

Head Coach: David Fizdale

Key Position: Forward

Key Rookies: F Ivan Rabb, F Dillon Brooks

Key Acquisitions: G Ben McLemore (Sacramento), G Tyreke Evans (Sacramento)

Starting Lineup: G Mike Conley, G Ben McLemore, F Chandler Parsons, F Brandan Wright, C Marc Gasol

Head Coach: Rick Carlisle

Key Position: Guard

Key Rookies: Dennis Smith Jr.

Key Acquisitions: F Josh McRoberts (Miami)

Starting Lineup: G Dennis Smith Jr., G Wesley Matthews, F Harrison Barnes, F Dirk Nowitzki, C Nerlens Noel

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