Who knows? Maybe the Warriors will be just above average this year. All they have going for them is the greatest offensive talent ever assembled and a team defense that was among the league’s best last year. No, the addition of Kevin Durant to a cast that already includes Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson almost guarantees a cakewalk to the Finals. There’s a tiny question of chemistry and the loss of Andrew Bogut will be a defensive challenge, but the over under on wins this year stands near 75.
But never count out the Spurs, not when Pau Gasol is an upgrade over a retired Tim Duncan and is partnered with Kawhi Leonard and LeMarcus Aldridge in perhaps the best frontcourt in the league. And the Clippers will be near the top as well, with Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan getting their band back together.
The West gets a bit dicey after that, but with the pyrotechnics of the Warriors on a collision course with Lebron and the defending champs, the action in the NBA this year is sure to be, well, fantastic.