The NBA's Pacific Divsion - The Most Entertaining Division of Basketball
The Kings were the worst team in the NBA last year winning a grand total of 17 games. As a reward, they didn't even get a top 3 pick. The Kings drafted Tyreke Evans, who could potentially be a great addition to a boring offense. However, Evans is in no way a pure point guard and is largely useless without the ball in his hands. Evans may help the Kings improve, but its doubtful he'll ever win a playoff series as a point guard in the NBA. Kevin Martin, the King's leading scorer returns this year at shooting guard. Sacramento also has a couple of promising young bigs in Spencer Hawes and Jason Thompson. While neither player looks to be dominant in the future, they do look like a good quality duo for the Kings to build around. In the end, the Kings are still pretty damn bad. They should improve a bit, but don't expect much from them.
Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers were only two games better than the Kings last year finishing a very disappointing 19-63. However, the future looks much better for them than their northern enemies. To start, the Clippers drafted Blake Griffin #1 overall. Then they were able to move team cancer Zach Randolph to the Grizzlies. Griffin, combined with Eric Gordon, Al Thorton, and Chris Kaman gives the Clippers a great core to build around. Combined with veteran leadership from Baron Davis and Marcus Camby actually gives the Clippers a decent chance to be a bit of a sleeper team. Considering this team was a complete mess after the Elton Brand fiasco, its pretty impressive how quickly their hopes have turned around especially when you consider the fact they're the Clippers.
Golden State Warriors
If they had a point guard, this would probably be the most exciting team in the league. Instead, they are going to pretend that Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis can play together in the same backcourt. It'll be fun as heck to watch, but not very effective at winning games. The Warriors are loaded with young talent including Anthony Randolph, Anthony Morrow, the aforementioned Monta Ellis, Andris Biedrins, Kelena Azubuike, and Marco Belinelli. On top of that, the Warriors also have Corey Maggette, Jamal Crawford, and Stephen Jackson. The team has an incredible amount of athletic talent. However, Stephen Jackson is looking for his way out of town and is clearly a bit of a loose cannon. That will be a situation to watch. And, as stated before, these guys still don't have a point guard. They'll be fun to watch, but they won't win as many games as they should.