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Old 12-29-2012, 01:28 AM   #1
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Default Projecting the Western Conference Standings at the end of regular season

Well its been almost two months, about time to make a judgment on how good each team has been playing and whats the most likely outcome for the final standings. The teams can be classified into following categories:

Title Contenders:
LA Clippers
OKC Thunder
San Antonio Spurs

2nd Tier Teams:
Memphis Grizzlies
Golden State Warriors
LA Lakers

Playoffs Hunters:
Denver Nuggets
Utah Jazz
Houston Rockets
Minnesota Timberwolves
Portland Trailblazers

Lottery Pursuers:
Dallas Mavericks
Phoenix Suns
Sacramento Kings
New Orleans Hornets


Here's my projected Western Conference Standings:
1. LA Clippers(z) 68-14
2. OKC Thunder(y) 62-20
3. San Antonio Spurs(y) 59-23
4. Memphis Grizzlies(x) 54-28
5. LA Lakers(x) 51-31
6. Golden State Warriors(x) 50-32
7. Denver Nuggets(x) 47-35
8. Minnesota Timberwolves(x) 44-38
9. Utah Jazz 43-39
10. Houston Rockets 40-42
11. Portland Trailblazers 36-46
12. Dallas Mavericks 31-51
13. Phoenix Suns 29-53
14. Sacramento Kings 26-56
15. New Orleans Pelicans 17-65

What do you think?
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Golden State's too low and the Lakers are way too damn high, but other than that I like it.
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Golden State's too low and the Lakers are way too damn high, but other than that I like it.


AHH!!! so u admit the dubs are good
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Default Re: Projecting the Western Conference Standings at the end of regular season

Actually the Grizzlies, Lakers and Warriors are interchangeable, they will have similar records. Difficult to tell at this point, it depends on which team loads up before trade deadline and which team gets too many injured players.
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I already said they're good in the other thread. Bogut's a different kind of player that will help them, but he's not their best player and won't make a huge impact, actually.

The question going into the season would be whether the Warriors would play defense and avoid playing for shooting numbers instead of wins. Bogut was supposed to change the mentality.

Well, he may have done that, albeit on the bench. They're playing defense and taking good shots. And lo and behold, good shooters taking good shots is a bitch for the opposition, especially when it's hard to score on the other end.

Bogut is going to help the defense but not so much the scoring. I expect both his scoring and rebounding numbers to go down while his blocks and steals will go up.
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I already said they're good in the other thread. Bogut's a different kind of player that will help them, but he's not their best player and won't make a huge impact, actually.

The question going into the season would be whether the Warriors would play defense and avoid playing for shooting numbers instead of wins. Bogut was supposed to change the mentality.

Well, he may have done that, albeit on the bench. They're playing defense and taking good shots. And lo and behold, good shooters taking good shots is a bitch for the opposition, especially when it's hard to score on the other end.

Bogut is going to help the defense but not so much the scoring. I expect both his scoring and rebounding numbers to go down while his blocks and steals will go up.


Look here is something you need to consider. ANY I mean ANY scoring from bogut at all is actually a big improvement to whatever we are getting at the center spot right now. Biedrins and Ezeli score none. But he will provide consistent defense and make it harder for taller teams to get those important possessions. He can get certain rebounds that Lee can't. He does make them better.
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Default Re: Projecting the Western Conference Standings at the end of regular season

It's a good, well thought-out thread so don't expect too many replies.

I think the Clippers will in the end win less, more like 61-64 and they will compete with the Spurs for 2nd as OKC will win the West tih 65+. The Lakers between 46-49 at 6th or 7th place and they will be playing the Spurs or the Clippers in the 1st round, with the matchup going to 6 or 7 games.

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Default Re: Projecting the Western Conference Standings at the end of regular season

Certainly. But that would also necessitate taking shots away from the other scorers. The center position has not been taking a lot of shots. You think that's going to change? No. The bread and butter of the team is in its shooters and David Lee being a go-to guy. And Steph Curry being Steph Curry.

Long shots will lead to long rebounds, meaning Bogut will have less rebounds. Not taking many shots will lead to a scoring reduction. But more energy to spend on defense will lead to better defense and higher steals and blocks. Do you see my reasoning?
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