2012-13 Southwest Division Preview
2011-12 Record & Division Standing: 50-16 (1st)
Key Off-Season Additions: Nando De Colo and Eddy Curry (?)
Key Off-Season Losses: none
Outlook: The Spurs will probably finish atop the division but it doesn’t appear they’ve made improvements to win a playoffs series against the Lakers or Thunder.
On the Bright Side: The Spurs have a good mix of young players (Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Tiago Splitter) to complement trio of Duncan, Parker and Ginobili
Be Concerned: Duncan and Ginobili are 35+, do they have the support to compete with younger teams for 82 games?
Key Off-Season Additions: Jerryd Bayless and Flip Murray
Key Off-Season Losses: O.J. Mayo and Gilbert Arenas
Outlook: With size, speed, and athleticism, the Grizzlies can win the division. The Grizzlies should have a better season with a healthy Zach Randolph who missed much of the previous season
On the Bright Side: Lots of talent that plays, and fits, well together.
Be Concerned: With the loss of O.J. Mayo, the Grizzlies lack guard/wing depth outside of Rudy Gay, especially on the offensive side of floor. In the playoffs against the Clippers the Grizzlies offense stalled. Has the Grizzlies improved their offense?
2011-12 Record & Division Standing: 36-30 (3rd)
Key Off-Season Additions: Elton Brand, O.J. Mayo, Darren Collison, Dahntay Jones and Chris Kaman
Key Off-Season Losses: Lamar Odom, Jason Kidd, Jason Terry and Brendan Haywood
Outlook: With so much turnover on the roster, it’s tough to predict how they will all gel.
On the Bright Side: New additions Brand and Kaman should add interior offense and depth while Mayo and Collison should improve team speed and defense.
Be Concerned: The Mavericks will be without Dirk Nowitzki for at least six weeks because of knee surgery. It’s unclear if the Mavericks have the talent to compete with the better teams in the West.
2011-12 Record & Division Standing: 21-45 (5th)
Key Off-Season Additions: Anthony Davis (rookie), Ryan Anderson, Robin Lopez and Austin Rivers (rookie)
Key Off-Season Losses: Chris Kaman, Trevor Ariza, Marco Bellinelli, Jarrett Jack, Emeka Okafor and Carl Landry
Outlook: With the additions of Davis/Rivers and a healthy Eric Gordon, the Hornets should be much improved.
On the Bright Side: Lots of good young talent- Davis, Rivers, Xavier Henry, Al-Farouq Aminu and Eric Gordon.
Be Concerned: The players they lost were good solid veterans, now the Hornets will likely be more inconsistent with younger players playing larger roles. Center (Robin Lopez and Jason Smith) and point guard (Greivis Vasquez and Austin Rivers) could be very unstable and/or unproductive.
2011-12 Record & Division Standing: 33-33 (4th)
Key Off-Season Additions: James Harden, Jeremy Lin, Omer Asik, Toney Douglas, Royce White, Carlos Delfino and Terrence Jones
Key Off-Season Losses: Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, Luis Scola, Goran Dragic, Marcus Camby, Kyle Lowry, Samuel Dalembert and Chase Budinger
Outlook: An off-season of change has resulted in a hopeful future with Jeremy Lin and James Harden in the backcourt. Lin and Harden will step fully into the limelight and have a chance to answer their critics.
Tons of young talent with little to no NBA experience = fun, exciting losses.
On the Bright Side: They got younger, signed some good free agents (Harden, Lin, Asik) and have a lot of options at almost every position. Linsanity has taken hold.
Be Concerned: It takes time to develop winning chemistry with so many new players. Jeremy Lin’s recovery from knee surgery has been slow.