The NBA regular season starts this week! How will your favorite team do? Check out the Daly Dose Sports NBA preview! Today we break down the Pacific Division. Can the Warriors repeat? Will the Suns contend for the playoffs? Are Lakers fans out buying Clippers jerseys? We do our best to answer these questions.
Western Conference Pacific
(Predicted order of finish)
|1. Los Angeles Clippers||The Clippers took a strong team that went to the Western Conference semifinals and added Paul Pierce, Josh Smith, and Wesley Johnson. So the sky is the limit for this group. Of course, they are the Clippers so…it’s usually better to just expect the worst.|
|2. Golden State Warriors||2014-2015 was an amazing run for the Warriors but they did have a number of things break their way. They ran into teams that had injuries and they caught favorable matchups throughout the playoffs. It will be disappointing if they are unable to duplicate their success from a year ago. Mostly because we want to see more from Riley Curry.|
|3. Phoenix Suns||KD Lang Jeff Hornacek and the Suns struggled with team chemistry and too many point guards in 2014-2015. They pared the logjam at PG and brought in 33 year old big man Tyson Chandler to shore up the defense. Of course it is Phoenix, so how much defense are they really going to play anyway?|
|4. Sacramento Kings||The Kings went 29-53 in last season and then following the season they decided to totally overhaul the roster. Gone is Carl Landry, Jason Thompson, and Reggie Evans. And now head coach George Karl gets to deal with Rajon Rondo AND DeMarcus Cousins. The Kings could be improved. Then again, we could find Karl out on a ledge somewhere mumbling to himself.|
|5. Los Angeles Lakers||With newly drafted PG D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, and Julius Randle returning from injury the Lakers have a nice young foundation that could meld with veterans Roy Hibbert and Kobe Bryant to start becoming competitive. At least until Bryant’s cataracts start flaring up. Or he gets the gout.|
Next up: The Southeast Division!
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