After looking at the great fan-post by tyeforshee: Surveying the new Western Conference, I just wanted to slightly re-arrange his data.
Having read his analysis, I don't have any major areas of disagreement.
I completely agree with tyeforshee' breakdown in the comments of his post, where he stated that there are currently 3 major tiers.
Tier1: Thunder, Spurs, Clippers, Rockets, Grizzlies, Warriors
Tier2: Blazers, TWolves, Pelicans, Nuggets, Mavericks, Lakers
Tier3: Kings, Suns, Jazz
As the rosters finalize/etc, added tiers will materialize.
There are always injuries; would the:
* Grizzlies be able to overcome an injury to Marc Gasol?
* Warriors be able to overcome an injury to Stephen Curry?
* Rockets be able to overcome an injury to James Harden?
Will Westbrook return to his original explosive form after requiring surgery to fix his right knee's lateral meniscus tear? Conversely, what happens if the Thunder lose Durant mid-season? How good are they?
Kevin Love broke his shooting hand twice last year(Oct 17th and Jan 3rd), admitting that the ball hasn't yet felt right. Prior to last season, he had never had a true shooting percentage of less than 53.8%(rookie season), when his true shooting percentage dropped to 45.8%. Having given himself the off-season to truly heal, has his touch really returned?
As for Dallas, I could see them anywhere from a 25 win team to a 55 win team. :-) I'm just currently enjoying that Mark Cuban gave Monta Ellis a 3yr/$25Mil deal, after looking at this shot chart breakdown: http://imgur.com/mdNttYa.
Will either the Grizzlies or Nuggets be impacted by the fact that they are being led into action by rookie head coaches?
I also wanted to just throw down my early prediction(prior to the schedule being released here in the next couple of days) for the final regular season standings: