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JordansBulls
09-02-2009, 04:13 PM
Source: ESPN (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?page=OffseasonPredictions09-WestStandings)




Predicted Standings for Western Conference: 2009-10

CONF TEAM W L PCT 09 W 09 L 09 PCT
1 Los Angeles Lakers 62 20 .756 65 17 .793
Our forecasters say the champion Lakers will edge the Cavs for best record in the NBA and home court throughout the playoffs, which will come in handy if we get a Kobe-LeBron showdown. That's the only close race the Lakers will be in, according to our panel, which doesn't seem too worried about potential disruptions by Ron Artest.

2 San Antonio Spurs 54 28 .659 54 28 .659
The aging Spurs appear to be back in business, though in fact they somehow managed 54 wins and the No. 3 seed last season before being bounced in Round 1. This time around, their hopes rest on a return to health by Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili and the additions of Richard Jefferson, Antonio McDyess and DeJuan Blair.

3 Portland Trail Blazers 52 30 .634 54 28 .659
Can Portland become the proverbial "team nobody wants to face" in the Western Conference playoffs? Or are they ready for true contender status? Expectations are large, as are the variables: Can Greg Oden find himself? How will Andre Miller's go-go style mesh with the walk-it-up Blazers? And who's the starting point guard, anyway?

4 Denver Nuggets 51 31 .622 54 28 .659
The Nuggets won't sneak up on anyone this year, and perhaps they won't need to. With largely the same roster as they had in May, Denver is counting on good health and the further development of Carmelo Anthony to stay among the West's best. If these predictions hold, they might get a playoff rematch with the Lakers.

5 Dallas Mavericks 50 32 .610 50 32 .610
The Mavs had a topsy-turvy summer that, according to our panel, will leave them right where they were last season: 50-32, and in the middle of the pack. They brought back Jason Kidd and acquired Shawn Marion and Drew Gooden, but lost a battle of wits with Orlando for Brandon Bass and Marcin Gortat. Expect the moves to keep coming.

6 Utah Jazz* 47 35 .573 48 34 .585
Utah was a trendy name a year ago, but barely rates a mention now, for a couple of reasons: The team is coming off a disappointing season, and the Carlos Boozer situation is unresolved. But the Jazz still have a potent roster led by Deron Williams, and the dark-horse label seems to fit this team as well as any other in the West.

7 New Orleans Hornets* 47 35 .573 49 33 .598
It was a disappointing season in New Orleans, relative to the high expectations they started with, but they still won 49 games and they still have Chris Paul. The Hornets are another of the West's "if everything breaks right" contenders, as they need Julian Wright, Ike Diogu and Hilton Armstrong to do more to justify being lottery picks.

8 Phoenix Suns 42 40 .512 46 36 .561
The Suns were a lottery team last season, but a good one, winning 46 despite a coaching change and an eye injury to Amare Stoudemire. Now Shaq's gone, and the speed game is back, led by Steve Nash. If Amare returns to full health, the Suns will light it up again. But will that be enough for more than 8th best in the West?

9 Houston Rockets 37 45 .451 53 29 .646
The Rockets were a remarkable story last season, taking the Lakers to seven games without Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady. Now Houston is in a transition year, as Yao appears out for the season and T-Mac's return is iffy. One thing does seem certain: The Rockets will scrap and claw and make every opponent's W well-earned.

10 Los Angeles Clippers 33 49 .402 19 63 .232
Giddy Clippers fans might not appreciate this forecast, but keep in mind: A 33-49 record would be a 14-game leap, and L.A. has been such a disheveled franchise it's going to have to prove itself to our panel. That said, some see the Clips winning as many as 50 games, thanks in large part to the arrival of Blake Griffin.

asandhu23
09-02-2009, 04:18 PM
and... warriors get no mention :facepalm: just because we lost jamal crawford, stephen jackson and marco belinelli.... we still have very good players and we can trade to get even more

ko8e24
09-02-2009, 04:18 PM
1. Lakers 67-15
2. Mavs 60-22
3. Spurs 58-24
4. Blazers 56-26
5. Nuggets 51-31
6. Jazz 50-32
7. Hornets 47-35
8. Clippers 46-36

Vidball
09-02-2009, 04:20 PM
They have every playoff team in the West winning less games than they won the year before...BSPN!!

Raps08-09 Champ
09-02-2009, 04:20 PM
Why are the wins so low from 2-8? It should be higher by like 3 for each team.

marques724
09-02-2009, 06:43 PM
I have a hard time believing that the LA, SA, and Por aren't going to win as many games as they did last year and the all got better in the off-season.

Mavrix
09-02-2009, 06:48 PM
How the hell is Dallas going to have the same record as last year when they improved their starting line up and bench and became very versatile? Wow

JJ81
09-02-2009, 07:09 PM
Lakers rightfully at the top of the list

bal_ravens
09-02-2009, 07:25 PM
I think the Spurs will be alot closer to the Lakers.

clutchski
09-02-2009, 07:35 PM
I think the Spurs will be alot closer to the Lakers.

I agree, 7 more wins than the 2nd seed is quite a lot.

jimbobjarree
09-02-2009, 07:37 PM
haha I dont argue with the rating of Utah, but come on ESPN, with all the injurys we had, no Deron and Booz on court together until March and we still got 48 wins, I highly doubt we'll have another injury riddled season like that, and I highly doubt getting everyone fit and with the youth of our team improving it actually costs us a victoy lol :pity:

_KB24_
09-02-2009, 08:09 PM
Almost everyone on the list has not enough wins. I like the order and I might just tweek it up a little by putting the Mavs ahead of Portland. Also, I might put Denver above Portland too. Portland IMO, does not have what it takes to beat those upper 4 teams and even the Hornets would give them a run of their money.

makesinger
09-02-2009, 08:26 PM
.you do realize how insignificant this is, right?..?

LA_cabals
09-02-2009, 08:34 PM
Suns will not make the playoffs, and the Clippers will at the 8th seed.

Shady66
09-02-2009, 08:35 PM
The seedings are about right, but the wins arent. ^^ there is no way the clippers make the playoffs as long as dunleavy is their coach.

ko8e24
09-02-2009, 08:42 PM
The seedings are about right, but the wins arent. ^^ there is no way the clippers make the playoffs as long as dunleavy is their coach.

something tells me dunleavy will be flexible for the 1st time in his career.

Vinny642
09-02-2009, 08:47 PM
LOL at the Overrated Clips being one game behind us.

ElMarroAfamado
09-02-2009, 09:11 PM
aaah its comical to see the Spurs up there.....
i love how everyone swears they are going to contend for a title geesh
i cant wait till they get eliminated from the playoffs so everyone can settle down about them....

theimortalone
09-02-2009, 09:16 PM
1. Lakers 67-15
2. Mavs 60-22
3. Spurs 58-24
4. Blazers 56-26
5. Nuggets 51-31
6. Jazz 50-32
7. Hornets 47-35
8. Clippers 46-36

Wow, what a hater! Honestly, you are going with the clippers over the Suns? :pity:

We are gonna fly under the radar! Everyone watch!

theimortalone
09-02-2009, 09:18 PM
suns will not make the playoffs, and the clippers will at the 8th seed.

hater!!!!!

TMAC94
09-02-2009, 09:22 PM
i think we will alot more than 37 times,

TMAC94
09-02-2009, 09:22 PM
i think we could still get 7th or 8th seed.

Toenail Clipper
09-02-2009, 09:39 PM
LOL at the Overrated Clips being one game behind us.

Clippers are not overrated?
Hornets are overrated fool

Vinny642
09-02-2009, 09:41 PM
Clippers are not overrated?
Hornets are overrated fool

How in the hell are we overrated?
Please explain in depth why we are overrated, if you don't your the fool.

Toenail Clipper
09-02-2009, 09:45 PM
How in the hell are we overrated?
Please explain in depth why we are overrated, if you don't your the fool.

It's basically a Chris Paul + David West team.
That's it.
And you call Clippers overrated?
Look at the thread.
Are they predicted to be in the playoffs?
NO
So why do you call them overrated?

Vinny642
09-02-2009, 09:53 PM
It's basically a Chris Paul + David West team.
That's it.
And you call Clippers overrated?
Look at the thread.
Are they predicted to be in the playoffs?
NO
So why do you call them overrated?

Ni it is just CP and West, it was last year, but we did get Okafor and draft Thorton and Collison and sign Diogu and resign Marks.

I called the Clips overrated because people on this thread actually think they can make the playoffs

Diggy_2
09-02-2009, 09:56 PM
i really think lakers will win 70 games but that just my opinion

Toenail Clipper
09-02-2009, 10:06 PM
Ni it is just CP and West, it was last year, but we did get Okafor and draft Thorton and Collison and sign Diogu and resign Marks.

I called the Clips overrated because people on this thread actually think they can make the playoffs

Really...
who are those people?
Clippers gained Butler, Telfair and his buddies, and Blake Griffin.
So you're saying that what the Hornets did is way better than what the Clippers did therefore calling them overrated?
seriously.
6-8 is really open in the West.
Suns, Hornets, Rockets, Clippers, Warriors, Jazz
I'll LOL at the overrated Hornets if the Clippers get a better record than Hornets.

Catfish1314
09-02-2009, 10:09 PM
Healthy Kevin Martin + real NBA coach + high lottery pick poised to make instant impact + development of Hawes and Thompson = More than a 4-win improvement.

Awful projections from the 10th seed down.

Vinny642
09-02-2009, 10:17 PM
Really...
who are those people?
Clippers gained Butler, Telfair and his buddies, and Blake Griffin.
So you're saying that what the Hornets did is way better than what the Clippers did therefore calling them overrated?
seriously.
6-8 is really open in the West.
Suns, Hornets, Rockets, Clippers, Warriors, Jazz
I'll LOL at the overrated Hornets if the Clippers get a better record than Hornets.

LOL They wont, they will suck as usual.

theimortalone
09-02-2009, 10:24 PM
Really...
who are those people?
Clippers gained Butler, Telfair and his buddies, and Blake Griffin.
So you're saying that what the Hornets did is way better than what the Clippers did therefore calling them overrated?
seriously.
6-8 is really open in the West.
Suns, Hornets, Rockets, Clippers, Warriors, Jazz
I'll LOL at the overrated Hornets if the Clippers get a better record than Hornets.

:facepalm:

smith&wesson
09-02-2009, 11:01 PM
1.LA
2.SA
3.DEN
4.PORTLAND
5.DALLAS
6.NO
7.UTAH- BOOZER ???
8.HOUSTON-YAO ??

THE QUESTION MARK PLAYERS: are x factors in how theyre teams will be effected either with them or in theyre absence.

if yao comes back healthy and mgrady rounds out to old form houston can go as high as 3rd.

and depending on what utah gets for boozer of if he stays they can finish anywhere from 6th-8th.

i still give denver the edge over portland because denver just has more experience and quality players in theyre prime where portland still is yonge and im not sure andre miller will be the difference for them. but still a very good yonge team.

just my thoughts, arguable fsure..

LakersOrNothing
09-02-2009, 11:56 PM
Clippers fans, never fear. LA will be in good hands. If the Clippers can't make it, the older brother will take care of business for little brother =]

Toenail Clipper
09-02-2009, 11:58 PM
Clippers fans, never fear. LA will be in good hands. If the Clippers can't make it, the older brother will take care of business for little brother =]

agreed.
and if neither one makes it like in 06, then we have GS LOL!

LakersOrNothing
09-02-2009, 11:59 PM
^^ LOL! I know what you mean =P

iggypop123
09-03-2009, 12:51 AM
it should be
LA

SA






everyone else

Storch
09-03-2009, 01:10 AM
the rankings seem accurate, the win records arent.

Raph12
09-03-2009, 01:11 AM
I agree with the Top 8.

My Rankings:
1. Los Angeles (Artest plays withing the team)
2. San Antonio (Barring Injuries)
3. Portland (Roy and Oden continue to develop)
4. Denver (Lost Jones, got Afflalo)
5. Dallas (Lost Bass, got Marion [not sold on his impact yet])
6. Utah (Williams continues to develop)
7. New Orleans (Paul has another great statistical season)
8. Phoenix (Back to running-and-gunning, Amare works for a contract)
9. Memphis (Gay breaks out)
10. Oklahoma City (Durant leads the NBA in scoring)

D-Will4Prez
09-03-2009, 02:46 AM
FailBlazers will not have better than 4th seed. And yes, Utah will have a better record than NO easily, with a healthy year we may even pass Dallas regardless of their roster improvements.

#1Mavericksfan
09-03-2009, 03:13 AM
I agree with the Top 8.

My Rankings:
1. Los Angeles (Artest plays withing the team)
2. San Antonio (Barring Injuries)
3. Portland (Roy and Oden continue to develop)
4. Denver (Lost Jones, got Afflalo)5. Dallas (Lost Bass, got Marion [not sold on his impact yet])
6. Utah (Williams continues to develop)
7. New Orleans (Paul has another great statistical season)
8. Phoenix (Back to running-and-gunning, Amare works for a contract)
9. Memphis (Gay breaks out)
10. Oklahoma City (Durant leads the NBA in scoring)


:facepalm:

Raph12
09-03-2009, 12:46 PM
:facepalm:

O...K?... care to elaborate?

LakePackYank
09-03-2009, 01:19 PM
Clippers fans, never fear. LA will be in good hands. If the Clippers can't make it, the older brother will take care of business for little brother =]

so does that mean the clippers are 08-09 champs as well?

sweet! 2 champions in 1 year :p :clap:

Lakersfan2483
09-03-2009, 06:17 PM
1. Lakers 66-16
2. Spurs 58-24
3. Nuggets 56-26
4. Mavs 54-28
5. Portland 53-29
6. New Orleans 52-30
7. Jazz 51-31
8. Suns 46-36

Mr.SmackYoMama
09-03-2009, 06:41 PM
Suns will not make the playoffs, and the Clippers will at the 8th seed.

Pass me some of dat shyt you smokin G!!!!!! :D

You do realize that your talkin bout the Clippers right!!!!!:confused:

Mr.SmackYoMama
09-03-2009, 06:43 PM
FailBlazers will not have better than 4th seed. And yes, Utah will have a better record than NO easily, with a healthy year we may even pass Dallas regardless of their roster improvements.


Pass that bro your hoggin da blunt!!!! :eyebrow:

The_Mac22
09-03-2009, 07:05 PM
Clippers ahead of the Warriors?:confused:

blazerman
09-04-2009, 08:41 AM
Almost everyone on the list has not enough wins. I like the order and I might just tweek it up a little by putting the Mavs ahead of Portland. Also, I might put Denver above Portland too. Portland IMO, does not have what it takes to beat those upper 4 teams and even the Hornets would give them a run of their money.

Foolish comment as usual from you!

#1Mavericksfan
09-04-2009, 08:53 AM
O...K?... care to elaborate?



Ok...you put the Blazers ahead of the Mavs and the Mavs owned them last season and people call the Mavs an "old" team but the Mavs won the season series 3-0 against the Blazers, nobody know's how good the Nuggest are gonna be this season and I think you put them to high, they loss to good players and had to put J.R. Smith in the starting line up so where are the bench points coming from now?....the "Birdman" got is huge playday so nobody know's how he's gonna play, Billups is gonna be a year older so I'm not sure about him.