Predicting Western Conference Playoff Seeding

It has been a crazy offseason for the Western Conference as it continues to get stronger and stronger. The Western Conference has seen a plethora of moves, they have taken some of the East’s biggest superstars. Paul George joined the Oklahoma City Thunder, Jimmy Butler joined the Minnesota Timberwolves and Paul Millsap joined the Denver Nuggets.

Some West players also signed an extension. Stephen Curry signed the SuperMax extension with Warriors, Manu Ginobili returned to the Spurs and James Harden signed a 228 million dollar 4-year extension. It has been a crazy offseason for the west so it will be an interesting route to the playoffs.

Seed 1: Golden State Warriors

Projected Starting Lineup:

PG: Stephen Curry

SG: Klay Thompson

SF: Kevin Durant

PF: Draymond Green

C: Zaza Pachulia

There is little you can do in the offseason to a championship starting lineup, but the Warriors still had a great offseason. In the offseason, the Warriors added great three point shooters that will come of the bench in Nick Young and Omri Casspi, andarguably got one of the steals of the draft in Jordan Bell from Oregon who is a defensive beast. The Warriors have great depth of the bench with Shaun Livingston, Nick Young, Omri Casspi and Igoudala. The Warriors who claimed the one seed and won the NBA Championship, got stronger as they look to make another run at the title.

Seed 2: San Antonio Spurs

PG: Tony Parker

SG: Rudy Gay

SF: Kawhi Leonard

PF: Lamarcus Aldrige

C: Pau Gasol

The Spurs didn’t make big splashes in free agency. They signed Rudy Gay on a 2 year, 17 million dollar contract which will either be a bust or steal, and resignd Pau Gasol on a 3 year deal. Spurs have great depth of the bench with Pattu Mills, Danny Green, Kyle Anderson and Bryn Forbes. Spurs are also a preferred destination for Kyrie Irving, which the signing of him would make this already championship caliber team better. Spurs have all the right tools to compete for a title and with the additions from this offseason look to dethrone the Warriors and make a playoff run.

Seed 3: Houston Rockets

PG: Chris Paul

SG: James Harden

SF: Trevor Ariza

PF: Ryan Anderson

C: Clint Capela

The Rockets had a great offseason, which was made by landing point guard Chris Paul in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers. They added great depth to compliment Eric Gordon of the bench with the signing of PJ Tucker. The Rockets are supposedly the only team Carmelo Anthony wants to play for. The signing of CP3 was a big signing for the Clipper, but adding Carmelo Anthony to the Rockets would make them compete for a championship.

Seed 4: Oklahoma City Thunder

PG: Russell Westbrook

SG: Andre Roberson

SF: Paul George

PF: Patrick Patterson

C: Steven Adams

The Thunder had a very productive offseason. They started off their offseason by acquring Paul George via trade which finally gives Westbrook some help. They then signed Patrick Patterson, who will help the Thunder strecth the floor, signed a backup point guard in Raymond Felton who will help run the second unit, signed Dakari Johnson from the G-League, and resigned lockdown defender Andre Roberson. The Thunder addressed all needs this offseason and with the moves they made, they look to become one of the top teams in the Western Conference again.

Seed 5: Minnesota Timberwolves

PG: Jeff Teague

SG: Jimmy Butler

SF: Andrew Wiggins

PF: Taj Gibson

C: Karl Anthony Towns

The Timberwolves had arguably one of the best offseasons in the NBA. On draft night they traded for star shooting guard Jimmy Butler and cheated the Bulls into giving them the 16th pick which they used to draft Justin Patton. They then signed Jeff Teague, and veterans Taj Gibson and Jamal Crawford. The Timberwolves are a great young team who have championship potiential and these signings will go along way in helping them in the playoffs as they look to end their 12 year drought.

Seed 6: Los Angeles Clippers

PG: Patrick Beverly

SG: Austin Rivers

SF: Danilo Gallinari

PF: Blake Griffin

C: DeAndre Jordan

The Clippers offseason may not be as bad as people think. In the trade with the Rockets, they got a great defender in Patrick Beverly, and young upcoming players. The Clippers then traded for Danilo Gallinari in a three team trade. They helped tehmselves out by resigning Blake Griffin to a 5 year 173 million dollar contract. Sure losing Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford was bad, but the Clippers still have pieces to make the playoffs.

Seed 7: Denver Nuggets

PG: Emmanuel Mudiay

SG: Gary Harris

SF: Wilson Chandler

PF: Paul Millsap

C: Nikola Jokic

The Nuggets made one big signing this offseason, by signing Paul Millsap. They then traded for Trey Lyles and the 24th pick which they ended up drafting Tyler Lydon. The Denver Nuggets made succesful trades without having to give up any young and upcoming players on this team. The Nuggets have a great frontcourt and depth of the bench as they look to make the playoffs.

Seed 8: New Orlean Pelicans

PG: Jrue Holiday

SG: E’Twaun Moore

SF: Solomon Hill

PF: Anthony Davis

C: DeMarcus Cousins

The Pelicans didn´t make any big acquistions. They helped themselves out by resigning Jrue Holiday and got a great backup point guard in Rajan Rondo. They have arguably one of the best frontcourts in the NBA with DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis and now those two have had a time to gel together which makes the froncourt even scarier. The Pelicans helped their bench out which was terrible last year which will go along way in their route to the playoffs.


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