Pacific Division

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1. Golden State Warriors

There shouldn’t be any doubt that they will be in line for another title run.

2. Los Angeles Clippers

Their identity has changed a bit, but they should be considered favorites to make the playoffs.

3. Sacramento Kings

A different looking roster has them poised to make a move up the standings.

4. Los Angeles Lakers

In the grand scheme of things this should be the year they show improved play.

5. Phoenix Suns

Another year of transition should have them be contenders for the playoffs next year. Continue reading

NBA Finals and Award Projections

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MVP – Russell Westbrook – Thunder

Rookie – Buddy Hield – Pelicans

Coach – Alvin Gentry – Pelicans

Defensive Player – DeAndre Jordan – Clippers

Most Improved – D’Angelo Russell – Lakers

Sixth Man – Brandon Knight – Suns

Executive – Danny Ainge – Celtics Continue reading

Pacific Division

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1. Golden State Warriors

Signing Kevin Durant, even for only one season, creates another super team in the NBA.

2. Los Angeles Clippers

If they are healthy they could be a contender in the Western Conference.

3. Phoenix Suns

Their backcourt rotation is among the best in the league.

4. Los Angeles Lakers

With a new head coach and direction, this team could be a good one for years to come.

5. Sacramento Kings

They finally hired a good head coach, now with a new arena they need to settle on a stable roster. Continue reading

NBA Finals and Award Projections

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MVP – Anthony Davis – Pelicans

Rookie – Jahlil Okafor – 76ers

Coach – Fred Hoiberg – Bulls

Defensive Player – DeAndre Jordan – Clippers

Most Improved – Paul George – Pacers

Sixth Man – Nikola Mirotic – Bulls

Executive – R.C. Buford – Spurs

Playoffs Continue reading

Pacific Division

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1. Golden State Warriors

Winning a championship doesn’t seem to affect this team too much.

2. Los Angeles Clippers

This is setting up to be a must win year for Doc Rivers and company.

3. Phoenix Suns

If they make the playoffs, they’ll be one team to watch out for.

4. Sacramento Kings

With George Karl and DeMarcus Cousins not seeing eye to eye, things could get ugly.

5. Los Angeles Lakers

A few bright spots and key veteran additions should lesson the stress on Kobe. Continue reading