2007 Western Conference Preview

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This season the Western Conference is as wide open as ever. Three teams can be considered for the number one seed in the conference. With as twelve teams fighting for eight playoff spots.

Here is my order of finish:

1. Phoenix Suns – The pieces are in place for a Championship run, Shawn Marion trade be damned.

2. San Antonio Spurs – Just when you think they’re too old or too slow, they go out and win another title.

3. Dallas Mavericks – They’re still too soft on the inside, until they prove otherwise they’re stuck at #3.

4. Houston Rockets – Will fight it out with the Nuggets for the #4 spot, I’ll go with the deeper, more defensive team here.

5. Denver Nuggets – If they played defense like they run, they’d be higher.

6. Utah Jazz – Deron Williams is a stud. If AK-47 stops whining and play, they can build on last year’s success.

7. New Orleans Hornets – With Peja Stojakovic healthy again, Chris Paul will average double-digit assists. David West and Tyson Chandler are hell on the glass.

8. Golden State Warriors – They won’t sneak up on anyone this season – but they will win a four team slug fest for the #8 spot.

9. Memphis Grizzlies – Pau Gasol comes back with a vengeance, Kyle Lowry will be this year’s Deron Williams.

10. Los Angeles Clippers – Losing Elton Brand will hurt their playoff chances. Al Thornton is a first round steal.

11. Los Angeles Lakers – The drama is just beginning.

12. Sacramento Kings – It only a matter of when Ron Artest and/or Mike Bibby will be traded.

13. Seattle Supersonics – Too bad they only get to see Kevin Durant for one season.

14. Portland Trailblazers – The only club with something to look forward to next season

15. Minnesota Timberwolves – The post K.G. Wolves era begins with a whimper.

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10 Responses to “2007 Western Conference Preview”

  1. I got Dallas coming out of the west. Like many of the other aging stars the window on Stackhouse and Dirk will be closing. They have to go get it now. Injuries will close the window fast and with all the new,young talent in the league the big D better get it done now. Like Webb and Mike Bibby they are just a knee away from the glory years being over.

  2. thebrotherreport Says:

    Dallas can score with the best of them, but in the last 2 minutes of a game they scare me. They don’t have that shutdown defender and they don’t stop good teams as a unit. If Josh Howard can improve even more as a defender then I like their chances. Erick Dampier could be that guy in the paint, he’s a decent shot blocker and he’s a big body. But it goes back to my original point of being soft in the middle.

  3. TBR,

    Fair enough. I think Dallas has a lot of parts in all the right places. I agree with you that they are soft in the middle but I think they are better defensively then most give them credit for. Dirk has improved his all around game improving in the assist area. The sting of last season has to have left a bad taste in their mouths. If healthy they should be in it to win it at the end.

  4. thebrotherreport Says:

    I see it as a 3-4 team field with either Houston or Denver emerging. If Kenyon Martin returns to form…any form Denver will be that much more dangerous. Houston is talented and deep enough, Tracey McGrady’s back has to hold up, he afford can’t miss a significant amount of time.

  5. TBR,

    I see Houston making some noise. I’m still not sold on Denver yet. Don’t like Karl’s coaching style.

  6. You guys are all sleeping in Utah. They have the best team in the conference.

  7. KevDog,

    Yeah, I forgot about them. Boozer has truley been a diamond in the rough. Williams is also proving to be one of the best point guards in the league.

  8. thebrotherreport Says:

    They don’t have the best team in the conference, but they just might have the best point guard in the league in Deron Williams. Boozer is an All- NBA player the key to them is AK-47, the team cannot afford him to be a distraction or it all may fall apart.

  9. TBR,

    Your probably right. I they can get good d (blocks and steals) from Kerilinko then they will definately be one of the top teams in the league.

  10. Gonzaga Fan Says:

    I don’t see Utah being that big of a threat. Dallas should take care of them easily and will not make too much noise in the postseason. Now Dallas has Kidd and Allen not even mentioning the way they utilize the ball with Dirk and Josh Howard. They don’t need the young talent to go on a run or two.

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