Pivot Points: The Pacific Division Is Home To The NBA’s Best?

November 30th, 2009 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
Everyone knew that the Los Angeles Lakers were the dominant team in the Pacific Division, not to mention the Western Conference, but who ever thought that they would be looking up in their own division and still have the second best record in the league?

As the regular season nears its quarter point, the Phoenix Suns sit atop the league at 14-3, and the Lakers are a half game behind at 13-3, almost a full two games over their nearest competitors, the Dallas Mavericks and Denver Nuggets.

The Lakers' success is no surprise considering that they are the defending champions and the consensus is that they improved in the offseason, but the Suns have to be the biggest surprise in the NBA thus far.

Few observers thought that the Suns would be terrible, but no one outside of Arizona could have foreseen their marvelous start to this season. Much of it has to do with a return to their run-and-gun roots.

Phoenix eradicated the last vestiges of the failed experiments that were Terry Porter and Shaquille O'Neal, and with the return of Amar'e Stoudemire, they resemble the team that dominated the conference in 2007.

They have resum ...

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