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The Wild Western Conference

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The Wild Western Conference

By: Sam Stern

The NBA season has begun and the race is finally wide open. Now that both Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers have majorly different roster pieces then they did a couple of years ago, every team in the NBA now knows the trophy is up for the taking this year in both conferences. In particular, the Western Conference has considerable talent compared to the East. With so many teams building cores around league superstars, the race for the conference is going to be quite a fight. Here are the lists of teams in the West that will be in the playoff mix this season. 

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Los Angeles Clippers: The reigning Finals MVP is officially a Clipper. Kawhi Lenoard led the Toronto Raptors to their very first title. He put up monstrous numbers in the finals against the injury plagued Golden State Warriors. Not only did the Clippers add a superstar in Leonard, but they also added former Thunder star, Paul Geroge. PG-13 is a multi-dimensional player who can guard multiple positions and score at an elite level. Both of these players will join an already strong core led by 3x Sixth man of the year, Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell, and sophomore sharp shooter, Landry Shamet. 

Los Angeles Lakers: The Lakers have paired LeBron James with a mega star in Anthony Davis. The Lakers have plenty of star power with those two alone. Alongside these stars, they retained Kyle Kuzma, Javale McGee, Rajon Rondo, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. They most notably added reigning champion Danny Green, Dwight Howard, and Avery Bradley. This team is comprised of a veteran and a young core that they have an abundance of faith in. The battle of LA begins… 

Denver Nuggets: The Nuggets have brought back their entire team from last year, plus Jerami Grant from Oklahoma City, Michael Porter Jr., and second round pick Bol Bol. The Nuggets are led by the mystical center in Nikola Jokic. The Nuggets will look to Nikola and Jamal Murray for leadership and scoring in bunches. This team made it to the semi-finals in the playoffs, but were taken down in an incredible game seven by CJ McCollum and the Trailblazers. Look for the Nugget’s brand of team basketball to make noise in the western conference.

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Houston Rockets: Two best friends have been reunited for the Rockets. Russell Westbrook and James Harden previously played in Oklahoma City together. Westbrook is a triple double machine who can pass, rebound, and score at a very high level. James Harden was runner up in MVP voting this past year, and he will look to continue his MVP style of play alongside a point God. They surround those two with solid players in Eric Gordon, Clint Capela, and PJ Tucker.

 Utah Jazz: The Jazz may have found a new championship caliber core. The Jazz added former Grizzlies star Mike Conley, and former Indiana Pacer, Bojan Bogdanović. These two provide shooting and veteran knowledge which is very valuable in this very young league. The roster still includes rising star, Donovan Mitchell, and a defensive powerhouse in Rudy Gobert. This team’s elite defense could have the potential to get in the way of plenty of teams. 

Portland Trail Blazers: The Blazers continue to be led by their power duo in Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. This team made it to the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors swept the Blazers with ease, which ended their strong playoff run. Their bench was completely reworked, and they have added a new starting center to assist this squad until they regain injured center Jusuf Nurkić. Hassan Whiteside will be a strong acquisition in the middle. They also added bench depth with Kent Bazemore, Mario Hezonja, Anthony Tolliver, and Pau Gasol. 

San Antonio Spurs: The Spurs have this infamous system that gives any player the opportunity to succeed. The Spurs also retained just about their entire roster for this upcoming season. The young core is built around Dejounte Murray, Bryn Forbes, and Derrick White. These three have star potential alongside the two all-stars in LaMarcus Aldridge and Demar DeRozan. With Gregg Popovich at the helm for year 24, the Spurs are once again going to be in the playoff mix per usual. 

Dallas Mavericks: Now that Dirk Nowitzki is retired, the Mavericks have moved onto the future with former Knick, Kristaps Porziņġis, and rookie of the year, Luka Dončić. This team knows what championship basketball looks like, and they are hoping they have their two future gems in Porziņġis and Dončić. Coach Rick Carlisle will have the opportunity to build a championship team around these two perennial stars.

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