NBA Western Conference: 15 Bold Predictions and Power Rankings

Yesterday I covered the Eastern Conference and what I expect to happen as the new NBA season unfolds. Now let's take a look at the West and how the major changes within it this offseason will affect it.


1: Los Angeles Lakers

Come on, you weren't expecting anything else were you? Be on the lookout for rookies Devin Ebanks and Derrick Caracter to make a bigger impact for the Lakers than initially expected.


2: Dallas Mavericks

Jason Kidd finally shows a sign of old age and loses minutes to both Jason Terry and spark plug Rodrigue Beubois.


3: Oklahoma City Thunder

Russell Westbrook emerges as a top five point guard, James Harden scores a ton off of the bench, and still no one will be able to pronounce Thabo Sefolosha correctly.

Oh, and that Durant kid wins the MVP.


4: Houston Rockets

Chase Budinger becomes everything Adam Morrison was supposed to be. 


5: San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs are headed in the wrong direction fast. Expect a new "big three" the tune of Hill, Anderson, and Blair. 


6: Portland Trailblazers

 Sam Bowie, oops, I mean Greg Oden, finally plays a full season. The Blazers make the playoffs despite having every small forward in the league on their roster with an extreme lack of depth in the front court. 


7: Los Angeles Clippers

You saw it here first. Eric Gordon, not Blake Griffin, reveals himself as the best young player on the team. Still Griffin wins rookie of the year with a stellar campaign of his own.


8: Utah Jazz

Al Jefferson is a much better, and much less hairy-chested version of Carlos Boozer. Both good things. Deron Williams continues to dominate, making it even more clear he is better than CP...

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