Southwest Division


1. Dallas Mavericks

Luka Doncic is the real deal and proved it in the short playoff appearance last year. He will be a MVP candidate his entire career.

2. Houston Rockets

Even if James Harden does force his way out, this team has enough talent to be a playoff team. With Harden they should be better obviously.

3. Memphis Grizzlies

Ja Morant is a star in the making and will be getting some looks as a possible MVP candidate this year.

4. New Orleans Pelicans

They were close to a playoff spot last year, but it was a good learning experience for the group they’re building around.

5. San Antonio Spurs

The rest of the conference and their division for that matter are passing them by very quickly.

Head Coach: Rick Carlisle

Key Position: Forward

Key Rookies: G Josh Green, G Tyrell Terry

Key Acquisitions: G Josh Richardson (Philadelphia), F James Johnson (Minnesota)

Starting Lineup: G Luka Doncic, G Josh Richardson, F Tim Hardaway Jr., F Kristaps Porzingis, C Dwight Powell

Head Coach: Stephen Silas (Dallas)

Key Position: Forward

Key Rookies: F Jae’Sean Tate

Key Acquisitions: F Christian Wood (Detroit), G David Nwaba (Brooklyn), G Sterling Brown (Milwaukee), G John Wall (Washington), C DeMarcus Cousins (LA Lakers)

Starting Lineup: G John Wall, G James Harden, F Danuel House, F P.J. Tucker, C Christian Wood

Head Coach: Taylor Jenkins

Key Position: Forward

Key Rookies: G Desmond Bane

Key Acquisitions: F Justise Winslow (Miami)

Starting Lineup: G Ja Morant, G Dillon Brooks, F Kyle Anderson, F Jaren Jackson Jr., C Jonas Valanciunas

Head Coach: Stan Van Gundy (Detroit – 2018)

Key Position: Guard

Key Rookies: G Kira Lewis Jr.

Key Acquisitions: G Eric Bledsoe (Milwaukee), C Steven Adams (Oklahoma City)

Starting Lineup: G Lonzo Ball, G Eric Bledsoe, F Brandon Ingram, F Zion Williamson, C Steven Adams

Head Coach: Gregg Popovich

Key Position: Guard

Key Rookies: G Devin Vassell

Key Acquisitions: None

Starting Lineup: G Dejounte Murray, G Lonnie Walker, F Keldon Johnson, F DeMar DeRozan, C LaMarcus Aldridge

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