Leonard's joining and George's accidental trade basically announced the end of this year's free market. Next, it will be nothing more than some role players will get the opportunity to sign. As for explosive transactions? Of course, it may happen. Westbrook is the most likely. The Thunder seems to be starting to rebuild. Many teams in the league have also expressed interest in the turtles.
So from now onAt the beginning, we can basically make a look forward to the new NBA season, especially in the Western Conference. Eight playoff teams seem to have surfaced.
There is no doubt that after a series of transactions and signings, Luo The city duo has directly become the favorite of the new season championship. Especially the Clippers, the backcourt defense composed of Beverly + George + Leonard is invincible, and all three of them have been selected for defense., Xiaoka is also a two-time DPOY winner. Doug Rives is also very experienced in building an iron-blooded defensive team. The Celtics in 2008 are the best example. Don't forget that the Clippers also have superb bench players such as Lu Wei and Harrell. The 18 rookie Shamet was able to hit 2.1 three-pointers with a 42.1% shooting rate during his rookie season. All in all, the Clippers are likely to develop a chemical reaction faster than the Lakers. The purple and gold team's lineup has changed drastically and it will take more time to run in.
The Warriors who lost Durant are still not to be underestimated. Although Thompson is likely to return after the All-Star, Curry has already proven it. With his ability to lead the team and the growing up of All-Star Russell, it is difficult for the Warriors to rush out of the West in the new season, but a playoff spot is not a problem, but the ranking may be relatively low. If Clay's state after his return is not affected by injuries, the Warriors who have reached the playoffs cannot be underestimated.
Although the Rockets do not have any bright signings, Harden and Paul The two have guaranteed the team's lower limit, and there is no small hope to compete for a playoff home court advantage (top 4 in the West). The Jazz are also one of the biggest winners this summer, Conley, Bogdanovic, Ed Davis, Mu Die, etc., these are very good signings, do not rule out the Jazz becoming the dark horse of the Western Conference. The Nuggets retain the three main players of Teacher Yoo, Murray, and Michaels. 8. Many people underestimated Lillard's ability to lead the team. In the 7 years since entering the NBA, the Blazers have reached the playoffs 6 times.
As for the last seat, this must Pull it out alone and talk about it. After Duncan retired, fans thought that the Spurs could not make the playoffs every year, but the old man Popovich succeeded in making faces every time. This year, the strength of many Western teams has increased greatly. But the Spurs’ two signings (Carroll + Morris Jr.) are not that simple, especially Morris, who can attack, defend and shoot. Next season’s perimeter defender Murray will also return, so the Spurs’ defense is also It will become quite scary. Besides, Aldridge and DeRozan are not vegetarian, so you still have a hard timeExcept for the Spurs.
In other words, the eight playoff teams in the West in the new season are almost the Clippers, Lakers, Rockets, Warriors, Jazz, Nuggets, Trailblazers, and Spurs (the ranking is hard to guess). Believe it or not, let's wait and see!