GSW- The most injured team in the NBA with the most differnt starting lineups in the league, if there healthy look for 42-45 wins. Ellis makes a huge difference there for a full year, Curry will combine solid passing and range(dont let summer league fool you), Randolph will probably get MIP, Biedrins is a great center and Jackson is a top 10 small forward. PLus a great bench : Morrow, Azebuike, Maggette, Turiaf, maybe Wright (could leave or be benched).Mark my words when I say Randolph and Ellis will join the groups of dynamic duos. Im not saying bron and mo type levels but they will become highly recognizable this year.
LAC- Again, lots of injuries. Griffin will make a huge difference and no more Randolph will help them. But it all comes down to if Baron wants to play, if he does they will be looking at 45 wins (yes the clippers) but if not expect 35-40 wins. Plus Gordon is much like a young ben Gordon. Camby is still very good, taylor is solid, and novak is a deadly shooter
OKC- 42-46 wins easy. A fantastic 4 of Harden, Westbrook, Durant and Green is incredible, they do need a center but players like Gooden, and Tim Thomas are available and with them they would be in the playoffs. But they would not get far since they are really lacking a bench but there big 4 will be enough to be a huge suprise this year.
Memphis- With thabeet and gasol there set at center and because thabeet has 0 offense they pick up Z bo which may be a decent move for them. Gay and Mayo will become elites in the NBA and Conley will keep improving. Warrick is also a very good 6th man. Expect 35- 42 wins.
PHX- This will not be a good suprise, clearing out there team , an aging and unhappy Nash, Amare still in question, 0 bench, and Hill probably won't be able to play 82 games this season. And who is there center? This team will drop fast. 30-40 wins. No offense to Suns fans.
Up in the air: T wolves- With Rubio I say 41-45 wins, without I say 35-42. I think Flynn will be a very good player in the NBA and with big al and Love, that could be scary. Cardney and Brewer are solid in there own right,a healthy brewer will help some and they probably arent done this offseason cause they need to replace Miller and Foye.
was name every non-playoff team out west except the Kings. Which playoff team is going to fall off? None except Houston that I see. Phoenix, Houston, Golden State, and the Clippers will battle for the final spot and outcome will be whoever has better health, improvement from youngsters and good fortune in trades.
Toronto, Washington, and the Clippers are the most improved/biggest surprises next year.
there expected to be good next year. :)