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The Baseline: SW Division preview

The Southwest Division in the NBA is the premiere division in terms of talent and playoff aspirations from top to bottom. We are joined by Robert Littal from Black Sports Online to discuss the most competitive division in the league and who is capable of emerging as the best. Last Season the Houston Rockets defied the odds to win out the division, but the off season moves made by the Spurs, Mavs, Pelicans and Grizzlies will shake things up for the upcoming season.

  • They snuck in the playoffs last year but expectations are high this season as the Pelicans usher in the Alvin Gentry era with Anthony Davis as the team’s focus. Offensively this team should be fine but will they find enough defense to make marked improvement in the West? Will the health of Jrue Holiday, Ryan Anderson, Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans allow for a formidable core to surround Davis?
  • The Dallas Mavericks are still led by Hall of Famer to be Dirk Nowitzki but his role should probably slowly be diminished. The problem with that thinking is the uncertainty the team has in the health and ability to be lead guys in both Chandler Parsons and Wesley Matthews. Deron Williams will likely finish his career in Dallas but will he provide the stability at that position the team has lacked in recent years?
  • With LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard inked for the foreseeable future the Spurs are reloaded. Combine those two with the veteran core of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili and it looks like the Spurs are gonna Spur again in the west. Chemistry and managing minutes will be the question and a possible early hurdle but it’s hard to not like what San Antonio has established going into the season.
  • The Memphis Grizzlies still don’t have any shooters but they have the grit and grind core of Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, Mike Conley and Tony Allen that has achieved a moderate amount of success in recent years. Jeff Green, Matt Barnes and Brandan Wright will provide veteran bench support but it seems like the window might be closing in Memphis unless a shakeup occurs quickly.
  • In Houston the Rockets got much needed point guard help in the form Ty Lawson but how will getting a talented distributor effect the play of perennial MVP candidate James Harden? How important is Dwight Howard‘s health to the success of this team and will the peripheral parts including Trevor Ariza, Terrence Jones and Corey Brewer be consistent enough all season?

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