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West The ideal scenario: Luka Doncic wins Rookie of the Year, Rick Carlisle wins Coach of the Year and the Mavericks get in the mix for a playoff spot, giving Dirk Nowitzki a chance to play meaningful games again before he retires. The organization got serious with the DeAndre Jordan signing, and, if Dennis Smith figures some stuff out, this could be one of the most improved teams in the league.
More than any other storyline, it will be worth watching how Doncic and Smith coexist -- Dallas hopes this duo will define its next era.
Actually qualifying for the postseason shouldn't be the standard in Year One of their partnership; respectability should suffice.
Denver Nuggets Here's a team that has to make the playoffs. Denver hasn't been there since George Karl and Andre Iguodala were around, and that streak was supposed to end last season. The Nuggets need Paul Millsap to stay healthy, Jamal Murray to continue on his track to stardom and the team as a whole to commit to getting better on defense.
They've been a disaster on that end for years, and its biggest move this summer -- adding Isaiah Thomas -- doesn't exactly address that problem.
Also, a touch more assertiveness from unselfish-to-a-fault star Nikola Jokic would be lovely. Golden State Warriors This one's simple: Preferably, the Warriors will do that while having more fun than they did last season, which has been described by Steve Kerr as a slog and the toughest of his four years as a coach.
Golden State hopes that the DeMarcus Cousins experiment will energize everybody and help the star center repair his reputation.
With speculation about Kevin DurantDraymond Green and Klay Thompson potentially looking elsewhere, any hint of disharmony will be dissected even more than usual. Houston Rockets The roster looks a little worse than it did a few months ago, but that could change in between now and the playoffs.
The Rockets are still aiming to take down the champs, and success would mean Carmelo Anthony fits in a million times better than he did in Oklahoma City, they don't miss Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute too much and they stay healthy throughout the playoffs.
Basically, Houston's job is to get back to the conference finals and give Golden State a run for its money, just like last season. Los Angeles Clippers Maybe you wish the Clippers would have decided to tank, especially because almost nobody in the West is doing it.
Looking at their roster moves, though, it is obvious that they want to be pretty good. This could be an annoying team to play if Patrick Beverley and Avery Bradley stay healthy, and there's a reason every basketball nerd on the internet loves Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. The additions of Mbah a Moute and Marcin Gortat mean there is quite a bit of veteran talent here, and it'll be interesting to see if Doc Rivers can quietly bring the team together for a playoff run while the whole world is focused on the next team on this list.
Los Angeles Lakers On the one hand, the Lakers have a bunch of good young players and now employ a man who has been to eight straight Finals and just averaged with a 62 percent true shooting percentage in the playoffs.
On the other, this is the West, their free-agent signings were strange and, at the very least, there will be an adjustment period while the coaching staff figures out its rotation and the players -- LeBron James included -- figure out their roles.
It's not fair to call this an elite team just because James is on the roster, but no one involved wants Los Angeles to be fighting for its playoff life in March and April. The Lakers must find cohesion relatively quickly, so that they can avoid an extremely stressful regular season.
If this is the roster they take to the playoffs, simply winning a round should count as an achievement. Memphis Grizzlies The Grizzlies' goal should be to make everyone feel stupid for sleeping on them.
To do that, they'll have to stay relatively healthy, make sure the second unit doesn't bleed points and -- obviously!
Mike Conley and Marc Gasol are still good enough to be the foundation of a solid team and Jaren Jackson is the most exciting player they've added in years, but if this turns out to be another blah season, derailed by injuries, management is going to finally have to blow it all up and start over.
The key is having a strong start, so trade rumors never even pop up. Minnesota Timberwolves Tom Thibodeau clearly wants the Timberwolves to return to the playoffs, but that's going to be an extremely lofty benchmark for success unless there is a Jimmy Butler-related miracle in their immediate future.
As it stands, few expect them to get even decent value in exchange for their disenchanted star, which means taking a step back is all but inevitable.
That said, this is a chance for Karl-Anthony Towns to have a career season. It's a chance for Andrew Wiggins to make his many, many, many doubters retract what they've said about him.
Minnesota will be paying these two a staggering amount of money over the next few years, so everything else -- the intriguing rookies, the playing time of Tyus Jonesthe shooting of Anthony Tolliver and James Nunnally -- is almost trivial in comparison to how they perform.
New Orleans Pelicans Can the Pelicans show that last year's second-round appearance was the start of something, rather than an aberration?
Let's see if this bunch can remain the league's fastest team while cutting down on turnovers and improving on the glass. Oklahoma City Thunder The Thunder need to be a more cohesive offensive team, and there's no reason it shouldn't be an elite one. So would, perhaps, playing at a faster pace and emphasizing ball movement more than they ever have.
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