The Kings brought in Darren Collison to run the point and Nik Staukas to contribute from the perimeter. Ben McLemore needs to take that next step and DeMarcus Cousins needs to dominate and behave. Kobe returns to a team with Carlos Boozer in the low post and Jeremy Lin running the point. Nick Young needs to be a spark plug off the bench for new coach Byron Scott. Isaiah Thomas will back up Goran Dragic and the front court will consist of youngsters Miles Plumlee and Markieff Morris. Alex Len needs to improve and Eric Bledsoe needs to dominate the Suns scoring. Steve Kerr will try to improve a high speed, high scoring offense. The Warriors will need the front court of David Lee and Andrew Bogut to stay healthy. Steve Balmer takes over ownership from Donald Sterling in Los Angeles. The Clippers need Chris Paul to run the show, Blake Griffin to dominate the boards and Jamal Crawford to light it up off the bench. The winner of the Warriors-Clippers battles will take home the Pacific.
The winner of the Clipper, Warrior battles will take home the Pacific.
10. Dallas Mavericks (34-23)
Samuel Dalembert had 12 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks in a 113-102 victory over the Pistons.
Most Surprising Team:
When Jeff Hornacek took the Suns job he thought he was going to be coaching a lottery team and not a potential playoff squad. Phoenix is 30-21 at the break and currently the sixth seed in the Western Conference. The man they expected to lead the team, Eric Bledsoe, has only played in 24 games and has not been the go to guy they hoped. Goran Dragic is running the point like a pro and averaging 20 points and 6 assists per game. The inside presence of the Channing Frye and Miles Plumlee has been impressive and the Morris twins have been a threat in the paint and on the perimeter. Although they don’t have as much talent as much of the Western Conference, they had a great first half and will be in it in the second part of this season. Continue reading
10. Dallas Mavericks (31-21)
Shawn Marion had 11 points and 10 rebounds in a 102-91 victory over the Celtics.
10. Denver Nuggets (14-10)
Ty Lawson had 12 points and 8 assists in a 102-93 victory over the Pelicans.