Previewing the NBA's Western Conference from top to bottom

Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 11:55:32 PM. A look at the NBA's Western Conference.
1. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS 2016-17 finish: 67-15, first Coming: (rookie), , . Going: , Ian Clark. Most of the ’ losses last season came when they were at less than full strength so let the 70-win watch begin again. The defending champions re-signed free agents and brought in more three-point shooting. After a smooth transition year, could outscore this season. 2. HOUSTON ROCKETS 2016-17 finish: 55-27, third Coming: , , P.J. Tucker. Going: Patrick Beverley, , Montrezl Harrell. The scored and shot amazingly well last season with at point guard. Now what will they do with Chris Paul, the ’s best pure point guard? Mike D’Antoni is a genius with elite playmakers and will manage the ball-sharing. More importantly, the defense improves with Paul, P.J. Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute added. 3. SAN ANTONIO SPURS 2016-17 finish: 61-21, second Coming: , Joffrey Lauvergne, Derrick White (rookie). Going: Dewayne Dedmon, , Jonathon Simmons. Here is the annual reminder to not sleep on the , who won 61 games and were crushing Golden State on the road in Game 1 until was sidelined because of an ankle injury. They will be without until about the All-Star break and are hoping Rudy Gay can regain form after a torn Achilles tendon. usually finds a way. 4. OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER 2016-17 finish: 47-35, sixth Coming: , , , . Going: , , . The stayed relevant with the shocking acquisitions of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, although the team will have to be successful to keep them from leaving next summer....Read more
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