Capsule previews of the NBA's Pacific Division

Published on NewsOK Modified: October 28, 2013 at 3:50 pm •  Published: October 28, 2013
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A look at the Pacific Division teams as they head into the 2013-14 season, in predicted order of finish:

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LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS

LAST SEASON: 56-26, lost to Memphis Grizzlies 4-2 in first round.

STARTING FIVE: G Chris Paul (16.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 9.7 apg), G Willie Green (6.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 0.8 apg), F Blake Griffin (18.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 3.7 apg), F Jared Dudley (10.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, apg), C DeAndre Jordan (8.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.4 bpg).

KEY ADDITIONS: G J.J. Redick (trade, Bucks), Dudley (trade, Suns), F Antawn Jamison (free agent, Lakers), C Byron Mullens (free agent, Bobcats), G Darren Collison (free agent, Mavericks), G Reggie Bullock (draft, No. 25).

KEY LOSSES: G Chauncey Billups (free agent, Rockets), G Eric Bledsoe (trade, Suns), F Caron Butler (trade, Suns), F Grant Hill (retired), F Lamar Odom (free agent), F Ronny Turiaf (free agent, Timberwolves).

COACH: Doc Rivers, first season with Clippers, 14th season overall; 587-473.

EYES ON: Rivers. Comes from the Celtics, where he guided them to the 2008 NBA title. Besides coaching the team, he serves as senior vice president of basketball operations, giving him much more power than his predecessor, Vinny Del Negro.

OUTLOOK: Have upgraded the talent surrounding Paul, Griffin and Jordan, the team's big three who are young and explosive. Rivers is vocal about the Clippers having the talent to get to the NBA Finals, even though they've never been past the second round in franchise history. Look for Rivers to coax more out of Griffin in the post and keep Jordan on the court in the fourth quarter.

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GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

LAST SEASON: 47-35, lost to San Antonio Spurs 4-2 in second round.

STARTING FIVE: G Stephen Curry (22.9 ppg, 6.9 apg, 4.0 rpg), G Andre Iguodala (13.0 ppg, 5.4 apg, 5.3 rpg), F Harrison Barnes (9.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.2 apg), F David Lee (18.5 ppg, 11.2 rpg, 3.5 apg), C Andrew Bogut (5.8 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.7 bpg).

KEY ADDITIONS: SG/SF Iguodala (free agent, Nuggets), C Jermaine O'Neal (free agent, Suns), PF Marreese Speights (free agent, Cavaliers), G Toney Douglas (free agent, Kings).

KEY LOSSES: G Jarrett Jack (free agent, Cavaliers), PF Carl Landry (free agent, Kings).

COACH: Mark Jackson, third season, 70-78.

EYES ON: Iguodala. The All-Star swingman signed a four-year, $48 million deal with Golden State after leading Denver to a franchise-record 57 wins last season before the Nuggets lost to the Warriors in the first round. He gives Golden State another ballhander late in games to ease the pressure on prolific shooter Curry, who set the NBA record with 272 made 3-pointers last season. But Iguodala's addition also forces the Warriors to find a new rotation, with Klay Thompson or Barnes set to come off the bench after starting every game they played last season.

OUTLOOK: The Warriors showed in the playoffs last season that, if healthy, they have enough talent to contend for a Western Conference title. Health, however, remains a huge concern. Curry avoided major ankle injuries until the playoffs last season, and Bogut battled a left ankle injury all year. If they can hold up through the marathon season, there's no telling how far the Warriors could go.

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LOS ANGELES LAKERS

LAST SEASON: 45-37, lost to San Antonio Spurs 4-0 in first round.

STARTING FIVE: G Steve Nash (12.7 ppg, 6.7 apg, 2.8 rpg), G-F Kobe Bryant (27.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 6.0 apg), G-F Nick Young (10.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.4 apg), F Jordan Hill (6.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 0.4 apg), C Pau Gasol (13.7 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 4.1 apg).

KEY ADDITIONS: G-F Young (free agent, 76ers), C Chris Kaman (free agent, Mavericks), G Jordan Farmar (free agent, Turkey), F Wesley Johnson (free agent, Suns).

KEY LOSSES: C Dwight Howard (free agent, Rockets), F Metta World Peace (amnesty, Knicks), F Antawn Jamison (free agent, Clippers), F Earl Clark (free agent, Cavaliers),

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