(Predicted order of finish)
1. Golden State Warriors
Kevin Durant decided if you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em, so he took his talents to the Bay area where the Warriors will be favored in all 82 games this season.
Unless they go up 3-1 in a playoff series. Then all bets are off.
2. Los Angeles Clippers
The Achilles heel for this team has been the lack of depth behind their starting five, so they went and signed Raymond Felton, Marreese Speights, and Brandon Bass.
So on paper, it looks like the Clippers have gotten significantly better.
If they can stay healthy, and if the cards break just right, they could maybe…possibly…finish 2nd.
3. Phoenix Suns
Phoenix imploded last year, with injuries and team disputes disrupting any chances of success.
The Suns are not without talent. Brandon Knight, Eric Bledsoe, PJ Tucker, and Devin Booker are a solid nucleus.
And rookie Dragan Bender should be interesting to watch.
And by “interesting” we mean disappointing.
4. Sacramento Kings
Kings VP Vlade Divac decided that he would completely rebuild his roster, and coaching staff, to try and keep troubled big man DeMarcus Cousins happy.
It didn’t work, and Cousins is still not pleased.
We are on Cousins’ side and would like to offer a realistic solution.
Make Boogie player/coach, and give us reason to actually watch this dreadful franchise.
5. Los Angeles Lakers
Kobe Bryant finally hung it up, but they have some young talent like Jordan Clarkson D’Angelo Russell, and Julius Randle. And they signed some decent veterans in Luol Deng and Timofey Mosgov.
But until they get rid of some dead weight they are going to continue to struggle.
No not Swaggy P.
We meant Jim Buss.