View Full Version : SI - Ranking the Western Conference

08-15-2008, 02:50 PM
We've already evaluated the Eastern Conference based on the offseason moves to this point. Now let's assess the West.

The West has been remarkably quiet so far -- at least among the top clubs. Other than the Rockets (who have acquired Ron Artest from the Kings), no elite team has really made a big move yet. It will be interesting to see if a top contender with tradable assets such as the Lakers or Jazz makes a deal to try to bolster its chances now or whether it stands pat.

At any rate, here's how we see the conference at the moment:

1. Lakers:
2. Rockets:

3. Hornets: Another legitimate contender for the top spot, they added free-agent forward James Posey (last seen helping the Celtics to the NBA title) to a club that won 56 games a year ago and reached the conference semifinals. Along with Chris Paul, David West, Peja Stojakovic and Tyson Chandler, it should put New Orleans right back near the top of the standings again. But the Hornets are about to lose key reserve Jannero Pargo in free agency, and it remains to be seen how they will handle the pressure of raised expectations next season.

4. Jazz:
5. Spurs:
6. Mavericks:
7. Trail Blazers:
8. Suns:
9. Nuggets:
10. Clippers:
11. Warriors:
12. Kings:
13. Timberwolves:
14. Oklahoma City:
15. Grizzlies:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/marty_burns/08/15/west.rankings/index.html?eref=T1 ("")


Tha Truth
08-20-2008, 05:39 PM
Chris Paul is improvoing and they added a key play in James Posey.

They can be in for another good season.

08-22-2008, 12:19 AM
the standings are fair i would agree

sargent lucas
08-23-2008, 07:18 AM
Now we've got Devin Brown aswell.

Dont know if that will make much of a difference though