Setting in the West: Jerry Sloan’s Resignation Kicks off Seismic Shift in NBA

February 10th, 2011 by Dan Meadows Leave a reply »
For years now, the Western Conference of the NBA has been brutal.  If you didn’t have at least a 50-win team, you couldn’t even dream about making the playoffs.  This season may signal the end of that dominance top to bottom. 

Right now, the top five teams in the West seem fairly certain, although I am still skeptical of the Hornets, and will be until they beat someone in the postseason. 

San Antonio is set for the top spot in the West and, barring injury, looks for all the world to be the odds-on favorite for another NBA Finals run.

Oklahoma City is still young and just feeling their way around real contention.  They’ll be in the mid-50s in wins and be happy to be a tough out in the second round, this year, at least. 

The Hornets continue to surprise and play much better than expected, although they have first-round knockout written all over them. 

That leaves Dallas and the Lakers, two teams that, when healthy, are legit title contenders.  They also happen to be two teams frequently mentioned in the ever-present Carmelo Anthony rumors.  While I ...

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