For the past five seasons, the Warriors have been Western Conference champions. In the past 2-3 seasons, if fans are asked to predict which team will be the Western Conference champion in the offseason, most fans will probably choose the Warriors without hesitation.
However, in the offseason of 2019, great changes have taken place in the NBA Western Conference. 2019-20 season canThe number of teams that can compete for the Western Conference championship has also increased, and the strength gap between the teams has also become smaller.
A foreign media also made their predictions about the title of the Western Conference in the new season. In this Western Conference Championship prediction, we see that the Clippers, Warriors, Lakers, Jazz from first to eighth , Rockets, Nuggets, Trail Blazers, Spurs. This may also be the top 8 teams in the West in the minds of fans next season, but to truly predict the ownership of the Western Conference championship, I am afraid that no one can be sure of it.
The Spurs are still old and calm. They renewed Gay during the offseason and brought in Marcus Mo Rees and Carroll have improved their forward strength. The Spurs can become a spoiler in the Western Conference, but if they become the Western Conference champions, there is still a gap in the hard power and staffing of their stars.
So we First exclude the Spurs, analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the other seven Western teams, and see how likely they are to become Western Conference champions in the new season!
Blazers (Northwest Division)
Strengths: the backcourt is more mature with double guns, Nurkic returns to make the team lineup more complete
Weaknesses: the role players have changed a lot, the striker Lack of strength
As the team that made it to the Western Conference finals last season, the Blazers are undoubtedly a relatively successful Western team in the 2018-19 season. In the absence of Nurkic , The Trail Blazers performed strongly in the backcourt, which made the Trail Blazers fans happy.
During the offseason, the Trail Blazers and Lillard renewed their contract in advance, showing their goals.Team ideas. In the new season, City of Torn naturally hopes to be one step closer. They cleaned up their role players during the offseason. Turner, Aminu, Harkless, Seth Curry, Meyers Leonard and others left the team one after another, and the team joined Hassan. · Fresh blood such as Whiteside, Kent Bazemore, Mario Hezonia.
2019-20In the season, the Blazers' strength is also good. When Nurkic returns, the Blazers lineup will also tend to be complete, and the maturity of the "backcourt" is their biggest capital. And the Warriors, which have been suppressing them in recent seasons, have declined in strength, and the Trail Blazers have also ushered in a good opportunity for their own development.
However, the role players have changed a lot, which also makes the Blazers take time to adjust their lineup. And the Trail Blazers still have a shortcoming, and that is their lack of forward strength. If they face the Clippers, Lakers, and even the Jazz's forwards, the Trail Blazers will not take advantage.
Therefore, the Trail Blazers have a chance to compete for the Western Conference championship next season, but if they want to go further in the playoffs, they may need to "double shots in the backcourt" to perform better.
Nuggets (Northwest Division)
Strengths: The lineup has not changed much, the players are passionate, enterprising, and the desire to win
Weaknesses: The core players are relatively young and have big fluctuations
Last season under the leadership of coach Michael Malone, the Nuggets achieved the second best result in the Western Conference in the regular season. In the playoffs, the Nuggets almost reached the Western Conference finals.It is a good experience for this young team.
The Nuggets just got Grant from the Thunder, which will also help them improve their forward strength. Grant is a very good forward 3D player, and he is only 25 years old this year. It is on the rise, and he is also very matched with the young Nuggets. The Nuggets obviously hope to increase their forward reserve to deal with teams with the league's top forwards like the Clippers and Lakers.
The advantage of the Nuggets is that their offseason lineup has not changed much. They renewed Murray during the offseason, and once again made clear that Muray Ray + Jokic is the core of the team building. The Nuggets have a "devil's home court", and the players' passion, enterprising spirit and desire to win are commendable. The Nuggets can still blow a youth storm in the West in the new season. Let no opponent dare to underestimate it.
The disadvantage of the Nuggets is that their average age is relatively young, Murray is 22 years old, Jokic is 24 years old, and Gary Harris is 25 years old. The team’s performance is not stable because of their youth. In the 2018-19 playoffs, they reached the tiebreak in 2 rounds of the series. This shows that they are capable, but because of their youth and instability. Performance, they missed some opportunities, this may still be a question that bothers them in the new seasonquestion.
Therefore, the Nuggets are also expected to be one step closer next season, but they need to grow as quickly as possible to make their performance on the court more stable.
Rockets (Southwest Division)
Strength: Lineup Little changes, Harden is in his prime
Disadvantages: The strength of the striker and the inside is average
The Rockets have more ideas in this offseason, but the moves are relatively small. So far, it has only renewed the contracts of Jr. Rivers, Gerald Green, and Danuel House, without much gain. Previously, they hoped to get Butler after signing first, and they have also tried to chase some capable players to reinforce them, but to no avail.
Recently, the Thunder is considering rebuilding and began to listen to the offers of various teams to Westbrook. The Rockets are also one of the teams interested in Westbrook. In fact, whether it is to retain the current lineup or try to chase Westbrook, the Rockets still have the strength to become a Western Conference champion in the new season.
The Rockets’ current lineup is compared to the previous two seasons. The core members have not changed, and Harden is still at his peak. This is the Rockets’ biggest advantage. In the past two seasons, the Rockets have fallen at the feet of the Warriors in the playoffs. Now the Warriors The strength of the team has been greatly reduced, and the Rockets will naturally have greater confidence in the new season to compete for the Western Conference championship.
However, the Western Clippers and Lakers have become stronger, and whether it is the Clippers or the Lakers, their forward strength The Rockets can’t cope with it. And the Rockets currently only has one Capella in the playoffs in the 2018-19 season.The performance is not ideal in the middle, his style of play is soft. Therefore, the Rockets lack the strength of the inside and strikers, and this is one of their shortcomings in the new season!
Therefore, if the Rockets retain their current lineup, they are still expected to compete for the Western Conference championship, but if they want to take a step closer, they also need to consider introducing some powerful forward or inside players to reserve for the new season.
Jazz (Northwest Division)
Strengths: excellent defensive strength, greatly improved shooting ability
Disadvantages: the team needs to run in, the bench strength is average
The Jazz during the offseason can be described as "sounding and making a fortune." They first got Conley in a deal, and then signed Bogdanovic with a four-year $73 million contract. odd. The Jazz changed their position 1 and 4 players, and the shooting ability of the team has also been greatly improved.
In the past, the No. 1 Rs. Austria is good at organizing, not good at outside shooting; No. 4 Favors can't make room for the team. Therefore, the Jazz also learned from the pain, and carried out a lot of changes in the offseason. Conley and Bogdanovic who have joined the team are all defensive players. Coupled with the overall defensive system of the Jazz, their defense is still an advantage. The dramatic improvement in shooting ability also makes many fans look forward to the Jazz in the new season.
However, the bench strength of the Jazz may become a shortcoming. Royce O’Neal, who performed well last season, is still the most important player on the bench. The Jazz also introduced Jeff Green, Mudiay, the possible contribution of these two players in each gameIt's not very big.
Therefore, if the Jazz wants to go further, they still need to consider introducing some strong substitute players. They are definitely a dark horse in the West in the new season. As Mitchell matures, the Jazz have reasons to achieve better results in the new season.
Lakers (Pacific Division)
Strength: LineupNo obvious shortcomings, outstanding frontcourt strength
Disadvantages: running-in takes time, lack of assault guards and stable outside shooters
The introduction of Leonard in the offseason was unsuccessful, but the Lakers quickly launched Plan B, signed and renewed one after another, and still have a lineup capable of competing for the Western Conference championship. Judging from the current Lakers configuration, they have experienced players in each position, so there is no obvious shortcoming. And James, Kuzma, Big Eyebrow, Cousins, McGee also made the Lakers outstanding frontcourt strength, both inside and forward.
However, the disadvantage of the Lakers in the new season is also very obvious. It is their overall running-in. From the coaching staff to the players, the Lakers have experienced a major change from last season. The running-in period is very painful. It will also be accompanied by the ups and downs of the record and the various players, players and coaches. Problem.
The other thing worth noting is that the Lakers currently lack assault guards and stable outside shooters. Pope and Danny Green are all regarded as 3D players next to James, but from last season they Judging from his performance, their outside shooting ability is not stable, which is also a problem for the Lakers./p>
Therefore, the Lakers have high expectations from the fans in the new season. Many fans hope that the Lakers can reproduce the glory of the year, and the combination of James and Davis has also made countless fans dream about it. . The Lakers were tortured by injuries last season. I hope they can reduce the appearance of injuries in the new season. This is also a prerequisite for winning the Western Conference championship.
Strengths: championship background
Disadvantages: Clay has a long recovery time, and the strength of the striker has declined significantly>
After losing the championship last season, the Warriors also lost Durant and Iguodala in the offseason. The Warriors in the new season are no longer the only one in the West. They face more competition and more challenges. If the Warriors still have an advantage, it is their championship background.
In the 2018-19 playoffs, when Cousins and Durant were injured one after another, the Warriors still showed their strong overall strength. This is the embodiment of their championship heritage. . So although the Warriors’ hard power will decline next season, they still have a very good overall. When Klay Thompson comes back, the Warriors will stillCan compete for the Western Conference championship.
Of course, the Warriors’ disadvantages in the new season are also obvious, except for Cauley Stein, Russell’s integration with the team and the longer response time of Klay Thompson is also a major problem faced by the Warriors. Klay is likely to return in February next year, and the Warriors’ record will also suffer greatly. Impact. Even more deadly is that with KD and IgoDara has left one after another, and the Warriors have dropped significantly in their forward strength, which makes them very disadvantaged when facing the Clippers and Lakers in the new season.
Therefore, the Warriors, as the team that has won three championship trophies in the past five years, are facing severe challenges in the new season. But the Warriors encountered many difficulties in the 2018-19 playoffs. They still broke through from the West, so no opponent in the following season would dare to look down on the Warriors.
Clippers (Pacific Division)
Strengths: Leonard + George + excellent bench
Disadvantages: Team running-in problem, poor internal strength
Many experts believe that the combination of Leonard + George is contemporary Jordan + Pi The combination of Punch also shows how outstanding the personal strength of the two players is. There is no doubt that Leonard and George are among the top 10 players in the league today. Both can attack and defend, allowing the Clippers The team’s forward strength is one of the few in the league.
At the same time, the Clippers also have excellent substitute players. Lu Wei and Harrell have become the "Best Sixth Man in the 2018-19 season" "The candidate, Lu Wei won this award. It can be saidThe Clippers' operations during the offseason also greatly increased their chances of winning the new season.
But the Clippers also have shortcomings, and that is their inside line. Except for Harrell and Zubac, the Clippers do not have much choice in the interior. Although George and Leonard's help defense ability can make up for some of the team's disadvantages in the interior, the Clippers are currently Is indeed the most likelyFor the team's shortcomings.
What the Clippers still need to face is the run-in problem. Just like the first half of last season, Leonard also experienced a run-in period with the Raptors. During this time, the Clippers' record may also appear. ups and downs.
Therefore, the Clippers are highly anticipated in the new season. They have the strength to win the championship but there are also shortcomings. The sudden emergence of the Clippers in the West has also made the competition in the new season of the West more exciting and intense, especially the Los Angeles Derby, which will be very worth looking forward to!
In the new season, the West is indeed contending for the hegemony of the seven heroes, but we must not forget the old Spurs and ignore the young men like the Lone Ranger and the King. The team, as well as the Pelicans who won the top pick Zion Williamson, is also a team worth watching in the West.
In the NBA, teams have a gap in theoretical strength, but when they are on the court, the most important thing is to play on the spot. If you want to become a Western Conference champion, you must play 82 games in the regular season, and you need to win 12 games in the playoffs. Of course, the Western Conference champion also represents the honor of the entire Western Conference, competing with the Eastern Conference champion for the O'Brien Cup!
It is not easy to become a Western Conference champion. It is even more difficult to become a champion in the "seven points" Western Conference in the new season. Let us look forward to the emergence of the Western Conference Championship in the new season!