unless there is a major injury to parker or duncan, Spurs are still the best team in the west.
Clippers have the potential to be the best in the west if team chemistry is great and griffin improves even a little bit.
Houston and Golden state have the potential to cause a major upset if everything clicks for them and if curry and dwight are fully healthy.
I really hope OKC doesn't make the finals if Heat makes the finals because they would get swept but i don't see heat making the finals unless they get the top seed and pacer and bulls get 2-3 seed which would result in heat facing only one of those teams which will make it easier to reach the finals.
Last edited by Rose'sACL : 08-29-2013 at 08:25 PM.
I'd say the East finally has more contending teams. I don't see any Western team beating a healthy Heat, except for Memphis but I'm doubting that they'll get to the finals in the first place (considering how a Westbrook-less Thunder took em to 6).
SAS won't be contending given how hard Manu was sucking in the playoffs last year, despite full health. I'm trusting Duncan to be great but he seemed completely rejuvenated last year, who knows how long that'll hold up. Pop and co. won't win any less than 50 games, though.
I don't even think all the teams the OP listed are "legit" contenders. We see it almost every year: there's 2 or 3 teams in each conference, max, that have a legit shot at making the Finals and winning it all.
I thought almost all season last year OKC and San Antonio were the only two legit contenders in the West, and they were probably on a collision course to meet in the WCF. I think this year will play out similarly where only 2 or 3 teams look like legit contenders by the time the playoffs start.