1. The acquisitions of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash give the Lakers the edge they need to become a title favorite. L.A. has more talent than any other team in their division. Howard will create matchup problems for every team. Kobe Bryant and his fellow superstars will benefit from Nash’s superb passing ability. The Lakers failed to make any major moves on draft day, but made up for it in the offseason.
2. A high scoring offense can make up for a struggling defense. The Golden state Warriors features an impressive arsenal of three point shooters. Stephen Curry is prepared for a breakout year that could lead to a playoff run. Acquiring Andrew Bogut allows Golden state to manipulate the paint, adding another dimension to their offense. A strong draft and a healthy lineup will allow the Warriors to become an elite team.
3. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were supposed to be the duo that turned the Clippers into a playoff threat. An early playoff exit ended L.A.’s exciting season. The front office didn’t make a big enough splash to contend in the West. If the Clippers want to contend in their division their opponents must encounter injuries.
4. A midst of uncertainty surrounds the Kings’ final season in Sacramento. A young, solid roster has the potential to become this year’s Cinderella. The explosive Tyreke Evans is in the last year of his contract. The Kings and the Suns will fight to stay out of last place.
5. The Phoenix Suns have officially entered rebuilding mode. They feature a lot of talent that will blossom in the next few years. Acquiring Michael Beasley will speed up the progress. Phoenix will be a title contender in the next few years.
Written By Sam Goldman
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