Best In The West


Who are the best teams in the Western Conference?

The 2017 NBA offseason has exceeded expectations to say the least. Last NBA offseason Kevin Durant took his talents to Oakland and sent the NBA world into complete chaos. This’ years offseason makes last year’s look like a walk in the park. Many of the big names that everyone expected to see traded or sign elsewhere indeed took place.

Surprisingly a lot of the NBA’s top talent found themselves in the western conference. With tip off only a few weeks away it is time to look into who the top contenders are in the west.

#5 – Minnesota Timberwolves

PG – Jeff Teague

SG – Jimmy Butler

SF – Andrew Wiggins

PF – Gorgui Dieng

C – Karl-Anthony Towns

The addition of Jimmy Butler provides the T-Wolves with another leader and scorer (23.9 PPG in 2016-17 season) to complement the young superstar Karl-Anthony Towns. Towns averaged a little over 25 points per game last season with 12.3 RPG. Jeff Teague should also prove to be a valuable acquisition as the veteran point guard is replacing Ricky Rubio.

#4 San Antonio Spurs

PG – DeJounte Murray

SG – Danny Green

SF – Kawhi Leonard

PF – LaMarcus Aldridge

C – Pau Gasol

San Antonio seems to be in the mix every year and even with a relatively quiet offseason they snag the #4 spot in the west. Kawhi Leonard is coming off an MVP caliber year and has proven himself to be a top 5 player in the NBA. Mix his talent with a solid core of veteran players to back him up and you have a recipe for success. The only downside they have is that they are a fairly old team.

#3 Oklahoma City Thunder

PG – Russell Westbrook

SG – Andre Roberson

SF – Paul George

PF- Carmelo Anthony

C – Steven Adams

Since the departure of Kevin Durant, OKC has been on the decline. Even with Russell Westbrook’s record breaking season they were eliminated first round of the playoffs. With a lethal scorer in Carmelo Anthony and Paul George currently in his prime Oklahoma are looking as promising as ever.

#2 Houston Rockets

PG – Chris Paul

SG – James Harden

SF – Trevor Ariza

PF – Ryan Anderson

C – Clint Capela

Chris Paul joining the Rockets was a huge step in making them serious contenders in the conference. The pairing of him with James Harden, who just came off his best season ever, is a dangerous combo. It should be interesting to see how the new team will mesh. With the collection of talent they have built around their backcourt, a deep playoff run seems almost inevitable.

#1 Golden State Warriors

PG – Stephen Curry

SG – Klay Thompson

SF – Kevin Durant

PF – Draymond Green

C – Zaza Pachulia

Let’s be real here, nobody is as dominant as the Warriors right now. They are clearly #1 in the Western Conference having arguably the best team in NBA history. Two-time MVP Steph Curry is the greatest shooter in NBA history and the only player to win the award unanimously. Kevin Durant is one of the greatest scorers ever and has impressed fans on the defensive end lately. Did I mention that they also have two other All-Star players in Klay Thompson and Draymond Green?

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