Western Conference Preview

Western Conference Preview

Oklahoma City Thunder – I do not like the Harden trade for this season. The Thunder might be better in the long run, but when you are so close to a title, why mess with it? Kevin Martin can flat out score, but he couldn’t guard me. That’s going to be a problem in the playoffs. His scoring will get them a lot of wins in the regular season though.

Los Angeles Lakers – It always works out for the Lakers. They were able to turn Bynum into Dwight Howard AND add Steve Nash. A Nash, Bryant, Peace, Gasol, Howard starting lineup is as good as it gets. Their bench is pretty terrible, but once the playoffs start and the starters play extended minutes, it won’t matter as much. The window for this unit to win is fairly small since 4 out of 5 of the starters are nearing the end of their careers, but they are on the short list of contenders this year.

San Antonio Spurs – The Spurs are one of the two teams in the conference (league?) that are two deep at every position. That means less minutes for Duncan and Ginobili which in theory will preserve them for the playoffs. This team should take a look at the standings near the end of the season and “adjust” their lineup to try and avoid a 1st round matchup against the Grizzlies. Continue reading

Episode 30: The Streak Continues

On the bright side, Jay predicted the outcomes of all three games against the Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, and Oklahoma City Thunder this week.  Unfortunately he predicted all losses.  We summarize the very poor weeks the Knicks had and then lighten the mood with a fun interview with Justin from KnicksGM.com 

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Offseason Grades – Western Conference

Northwest Division

Jays Picks

Minnesota Timberwolves – B+
Utah Jazz – B
Oklahoma City – B-
Portland Trailblazers – D-
Denver Nuggets – C+

Marc Picks

Minnesota Timberwolves – INC
Utah Jazz – B+
Oklahoma City – C
Portland Trailblazers – D
Denver Nuggets – F

Pacific Division

Jays Picks

Los Angeles Clippers – D-
Sacramento Kings – C
Golden State Warriors – C-
Los Angeles Lakers – A+
Phoenix Suns – B-

Marc Picks

Los Angeles Clippers – F
Sacramento Kings – C+
Golden State Warriors – B-
Los Angeles Lakers – A
Phoenix Suns – B

Southwest Division

Jays Picks

Memphis Grizzlies – C-
Houston Rockets – C+
San Antonio Spurs – B-
Dallas Mavericks – A-
New Orleans Hornets – F

Marc Picks

Memphis Grizzlies – B-
Houston Rockets – C
San Antonio Spurs – A
Dallas Mavericks – F
New Orleans Hornets – F