Time some more hoops, NBA; Western Conference Edition.

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The Western conference has been very, very interesting all season to say the least. Here are some of my thoughts and opinions.

  1. My favorite to win the west has been the Denver Nuggets and they were the best team in the West until Gallo went down; I think they’re the 4th best in the West with no Gallo.
  2. The Warriors have the 2 best shooters in the league; Steph Curry & Klay Thompson – probably the smoothest shots along with lightning quick releases.
  3. O.J. Mayo over the past month has played himself out of an Eric Gordon type deal for 2014 with his poor play the past month & a half.
  4. LaMarcus Aldridge is the most underrated star not just in the West, but in the entire NBA.
  5. DeMarcus Cousins has top 10 talent in the entire NBA if he can mature and grow up.
  6. Russell Westbrook, in 2012-2013, is a top 5 player in the NBA.
  7. LA Lakers are the most overrated tea, ever. At the same token, if they get into the playoffs, they could easily make a playoff run..
  8. Omer Asik was the most underrated pickup for a West coast team this past off-season.
  9. Ricky Rubio is the funnest player to watch, IMO. May be the best passer in the NBA already just 2 years into his career.
  10. Now that Denver is no longer my favorite out of the West, I’m picking OKC to the finals.
  11. Grizzlies are a better overall team without Rudy Gay, but they lost the guy they can go to late in game’s for the last possession; something Rudy has been very good at with Memphis.
  12. I think Portland’s young core 3 of Aldridge, Lillard & Batum is as good as anyone’s in the entire Western Conference.
  13. Anthony Davis will be the best rebounder in the league 4-5 years down the line.
  14. If the Clippers knew how to run a half court offense, they’d be the best team in the entire NBA.
  15. Utah needs to keep Millsap & Kanter, get rid of Big Al Jeff and Derrick Favors.
  16. Tim Duncan is a top 5 MVP candidate; the ageless wonder has been marvelous this season.
  17. Against popular belief, especially this season, Dwight Howard is still the best center in the league; dude avgs. 17 & 12 find another center averaging that.
  18. I thought Michael Beasley going to Phoenix was the perfect fit and I thought he was going to have a break out season.
  19. I consider Andre Miller a Hall of Fame candidate.
  20. My 2012-2013 NBA Champion does not reside in the Western Conference.

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