NBA preview: Western Conference capsules
HONEY, THEY SHRUNK THE SEASON — John Rohde takes a look at which teams will be shrinking and which will be growing during the shortened NBA season.
There has been considerable movement among NBA rosters since last season, and it's all happened in the last nine days.
Here are the projected finishes for the 2011-12 season and whether or not a team was shrinking or growing, as of Saturday morning:
Videoview all videos
Photoview all 21 photos
NewsOK Related Articles
1. OKC THUNDER (48-18 projected)
Additions: F Lazar Hayward; PG Reggie Jackson
Subtractions: G Nate Robinson
Shrinking or growing: Growing. The Thunder couldn't wait for this season to get started. Though still young, last season taught them many things, including how to win the West.
2. DALLAS MAVERICKS (45-21)
Additions: F Lamar Odom; G Vince Carter; G Delonte West; PF Brandan Wright; G Drew Neitzel
Subtractions: C Tyson Chandler; F Caron Butler; G J.J. Barea; G Corey Brewer
Shrinking/growing: Shrinking. The prefect storm that was last season is starting to move out of town. Chandler, Butler and Barea were significant losses at three different positions.
3. SAN ANTONIO SPURS (44-22)
Additions: PG T.J. Ford; G Antoine Hood; F Gani Lawal; F Kawhi Leonard; G Cory Joseph; F Doug Thomas
Subtractions: G George Hill; G Chris Quinn; F Da'Sean Butler
Shrinking/growing: Shrinking. People shrink when they get older, which describes the Spurs. But this is still a big-time organization with big-time players. Can't be ignored.
4. LOS ANGELES LAKERS (42-24)
Additions: PF Josh McRoberts; SF Jason Kapono; G Andrew Goudelock; SG Gerald Green; G Elijah Millsap; G Darius Morris; F Malcolm Thomas.
Subtractions: F Lamar Odom; PG Shannon Brown
Shrinking/growing: Shrinking. Dealing Odom for a trade exception only makes sense if Dwight Howard comes to town. If not, the Lakers might disappear by 2014.
5. LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (40-26)
Additions: PG Chris Paul; G Chauncey Billups; F Caron Butler; F Trey Thompkins; G Travis Leslie
Subtractions: G Eric Gordon; F Al-Farouq Aminu; C Chris Kaman; F Craig Smith
Shrinking/growing: Growing. Little Chris Paul is a giant acquisition. Note how the No. 4 Lakers and No. 5 Clippers will meet in their own arena in the first round. Too tasty to ignore.
6. MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES (39-27)
Additions: G Josh Selby; C Brian Skinner; PF Walter Sharpe; SF Josh Davis; G Jeremy Pargo
Subtractions: F Shane Battier
Shrinking/growing: Growing. Ready to take the next step, the Grizzlies have their top talent inked long-term and proved to everyone – especially the Spurs and Thunder – they're for real.
7. PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS (37-29)
Additions: G Jamal Crawford; PG Raymond Felton; G Nolan Smith; C Kurt Thomas
Sports Photo Galleriesview all
VIDEOS FROM NBA TV
Buy Tickets View all
- 96630Oklahoma tornadoes: The 'Big Dog,' the little boy and the hug that triumphs over tragedy
- 13870Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms drink in success of 'Hangover' series
- 9391Oklahoma tornadoes: ‘All I could do was sit there and hold her'
- 8546Oklahoma tornadoes: Rams quarterback Sam Bradford leading aid effort
- 8291OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant tours Moore, meets with residents
- 7627How to help tornado victims
- 7193Hobby Lobby argues case before federal judges