Originally Posted by SoHi 23
With DJ going back to the Clippers, the Lakers are one Rudy Gobert injury away from competing for the 8th seed.
I like the Suns, but I'm not sold on them winning some crazy amount of games.
Really just depends on how good Russell is right away.
Warriors, Spurs, Thunder, Clippers
Pelicans, Grizzlies, Rockets
Western conference "tiers" for the 8th seed.
Kings - will win games with George Karl. Doesn't mean I think they're a good team, but they'll definitely win games.
Mavs - with a Wes, Parsons and Dirk core isn't too impressive, but Coach Carlisle will win some games.
Nuggets - Gallo coming back will help. Gallo/Mudiay/Chandler/Faried/Nurkic... not bad. They'll compete every night. Don't think they'll compete for a playoff spot, but they'll win a good amount of games.
Blazers - Wildcard. Not gunna make the playoffs but no idea how many wins they get. If Dame gets hurt, this can get ugly quickly.
T'Wolves - too young. Might win 5-10 more games than last year.
There is a chance.