Who exactly is the weak link out West?

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Published: December 3, 2011

Las Vegas has recently posted their odds on who will win the 2012 NBA Championship, and not surprisingly, the Miami Heat are the heavy favorites at 2-1. The Lakers, not the defending champion Mavericks, are the Western Conference favorite at 5-1. The teams that have the worst odds (200-to-1) are both out East and that got me to thinking about the relative strength of each conference. After all, teams will play 48 of their 66 games in conference this year, so the strength of your conference can have a huge effect on where you sit at the end of the year.

Now we all know that anything can happen in free agency, and perhaps all the free agents will head east to balance out the conferences. But as it stands there is a sizeable difference in talent right now, especially at the bottom, where you can make a solid case for all 15 teams being playoff contenders out west. Don’t believe me, go ahead and try it. Pick a team, any team.

You wanna start with last year’s worst team, the Timberwolves? A team that embarrassed us two times last season. A team that is loaded with top 5 picks and a new coach who will scrap the triangle and bring in an offense that should fit their personnel perfectly. Is that the team that you want tell me is guaranteed to be in the basement this year? They have the two favorites for Rookie of the Year, and a win-now mentality, driven by the fact that they don’t have their own first round pick in the upcoming draft. A trade of young talent for a guy like Danny Granger or Iggy is not out of the question.

The Sacramento Kings seem like another obvious candidate until you look at their roster and realize that they have some of the most exciting young talent in the game- several of who can easily make “The Leap” this year. Tyreke, Cousins, Buckets, Jimmer all have All-Star potential. Heck, Jason Thompson (a guy Hornets fans were drooling over last year) is their 3rd string PF! Did I aslo mention they are 28 million under the cap?

Golden State? Crazy offensive talent combined with a new defensive minded coaching staff. Phoenix? You wanna bet against Steve Nash? Utah? A killer four man bigs rotation and some unique talent on the wings. Denver? Maybe if they lose everybody and don’t replace any of them.

Point is, there are no Toronto’s, Cleveland’s, Charlotte’s, or Detroit’s out West. There might not even be a Milwaukee or a Washington. Well, I guess there could be one. You know what they say- there’s a crazy person in every group. If you can’t find him, you are him. Without CP3, we might just become that guy in the Western Conference. The real question is: Long term, would that be such a bad thing?

5 comments
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would it be something where the Hornets have a free agency and trade frency like no other suppose the re sign West,Landry,Gray,Extend CP3 and sign Jamal Crawford and be involved in a 3 way trade with the Nets,Magic and Hornets.The Magic Get Brook Lopez,Jordan Famar,Anthony Morrow Trevor Ariza the Hornets 2012 frist rd Pick.The Nets get Okafor, Brandon Bass,Chris Duhon and J.J Reddick and the Magic 2012 frist rd pick and Hornets get Dwight Howard and extend his contract it might not happen but it's just a thought and sign Tyshuan Prince

chiefyoungblood
chiefyoungblood

the triangle would have worked if fully committed to, Adelmans gonna run that Princeton style offense thru Love , like he did with C-Webb in Sacramento . Its not too different than the triangle premium on spacing and big men being able to pass. Adelmans a good coach and they have good personal for the system if they can catch on quick .

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The Hornets are interested in Jamal Crawford

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Now realgm.com said that CP3 wants to be traded ither to the Magic or Clippers