Projecting Western Conference Depth Charts

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.


Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook Thabo Sefolosha Kevin Durant Serge Ibaka Kendrick Perkins

Reggie Jackson Jeremy Lamb Perry Jones III Nick Collison Steven Adams

Derek Fisher
DeAndre Liggins Andre Roberson Daniel Orton Hasheem Thabeet

San Antonio Spurs Tony Parker Danny Green Kawhi Leonard Tim Duncan Tiago Splitter

Nando De Colo Manu Ginobili Marco Belinelli Boris Diaw Matt Bonner

Patty Mills Cory Joseph
Jeff Pendergraph Aron Baynes

Los Angeles Clippers Chris Paul J.J. Redick Jared Dudley Blake Griffin DeAndre Jordan

Darren Collison Jamal Crawford Matt Barnes Byron Mullens
Ryan Hollins

Maalik Wayns Willie Green Reggie Bullock

Houston Rockets Jeremy Lin James Harden Chandler Parsons Terrence Jones Dwight Howard

Aaron Brooks Reggie Williams Omri Casspi Donatas Motiejunas Omer Asik

Isaiah Canaan B.J. Young Robert Covington Jordan Henriquez Greg Smith

GS Warriors Stephen Curry Klay Thompson Andre Iguodala David Lee Andrew Bogut

Nemanja Nedovic Toney Douglas Harrison Barnes Marreese Speights Jermaine O'Neal

Scott Machado Kent Bazemore Draymond Green Dwayne Jones Festus Ezeli

Memphis Grizzlies Mike Conley Tony Allen Tayshaun Prince Zach Randolph Marc Gasol

Jerryd Bayless Mike Miller
Quincy Pondexter
Ed Davis Kosta Koufos

Tony Wroten
Jamaal Franklin
Donte Greene
Jon Leuer Willie Reed

Portland Trailblazers Damian Lillard Wesley Matthews Nicolas Batum LaMarcus Aldridge Robin Lopez

C.J. McCollum Allen Crabbe Dorell Wright Thomas Robinson Meyers Leonard

Earl Watson Will Barton Victor Claver Joel Freeland

Minnesota Twolves Ricky Rubio Kevin Martin Chase Budinger Kevin Love Nikola Pekovic *

J.J. Barea Shabazz Muhammad Corey Brewer Derrick Williams Ronny Turiaf

Alexey Shved
Dante Cunningham Chris Johnson Gorgui Dieng

New Orleans Pelicans Jrue Holiday Eric Gordon Al-Farouq Aminu
Ryan Anderson Anthony Davis

Tyreke Evans
Austin Rivers Darius Miller
Jason Smith Greg Stiemsma

Brian Roberts
Anthony Morrow

Jeff Withey

Denver Nuggets Ty Lawson Evan Fournier Danilo Gallinari Kenneth Faried JaVale McGee

Andre Miller Randy Foye Wilson Chandler
J.J. Hickson Timofey Mozgov *

Nate Robinson
Jordan Hamilton Quincy Miller Darrell Arthur Anthony Randolph

Dallas Mavericks Jose Calderon Monta Ellis Shawn Marion Dirk Nowitzki Samuel Dalembert

Gal Mekel Devin Harris
Vince Carter Bernard James Brandan Wright

Shane Larkin Ricky Ledo Wayne Ellington Jae Crowder

LA Lakers Steve Nash Kobe Bryant Wesley Johnson Pau Gasol Chris Kaman

Steve Blake Nick Young
Jordan Hill Robert Sacre

Jordan Farmar
Jodie Meeks

Ryan Kelly

Sacramento Kings Isaiah Thomas Marcus Thornton John Salmons Carl Landry DeMarcus Cousins

Greivis Vasquez Ben McLemore Luc Richard Mbah a Moute Jason Thompson Chuck Hayes

Ray McCallum Jimmer Fredette Travis Outlaw Patrick Patterson

Phoenix Suns Goran Dragic Eric Bledsoe Caron Butler Luis Scola Marcin Gortat

Kendall Marshall Shannon Brown Michael Beasley Channing Frye
Hamed Haddadi

Archie Goodwin Malcolm Lee Marcus Morris
Markieff Morris Alex Len

Utah Jazz Trey Burke Alec Burks Gordon Hayward Derrick Favors Enes Kanter

John Lucas III Brandon Rush Richard Jefferson Marvin Williams Andris Biedrins

Ian Clark
Jerel McNeal Jeremy Evans
Rudy Golbert

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:

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:

Thunder 59-23
Spurs 57-25
Clippers 56-26
Rockets 53-29
Warriors 53-29
Grizzlies 48-34
Blazers 44-38
TWolves 42-40
Pelicans 41-41
Nuggets 41-41
Mavericks 40-42
Lakers 39-43
Kings 34-48
Suns 29-53
Jazz 18-64

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