NBA Western Conference: Projected Standings And Lineups, Key Additions And Departures

With the NBA season approximately a month and a half away, and most free agents having found homes, it’s time to look each team in the Western Conference.

Projections of how the division standings will finish are listed, as well as projected starting lineups, key pieces off the bench, and key additions and departures for each team since the end of last season.

(To see the Eastern Conference, click here.)

 

Northwest Division

1. Oklahoma City Thunder

Key Additions: Paul George, Patrick Patterson, Raymond Felton, Terrance Ferguson (21st overall selection)

Key Departures: Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis, Taj Gibson

Projected Starting Lineup: PG – Russell Westbrook, SG – Andre Roberson, SF – Paul George, PF – Patrick Patterson, C – Steven Adams

Key Reserves: C – Enes Kanter, G – Doug McDermott, G – Raymond Felton, F – Jerami Grant

 

2. Minnesota Timberwolves

Key Additions: Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague, Jamal Crawford, Taj Gibson, Justin Patton (16th overall selection)

Key Departures: Ricky Rubio, Kris Dunn, Shabazz Muhammad (unsigned – UFA)

Projected Starting Lineup: PG – Jeff Teague, SG – Jimmy Butler, SF – Andrew Wiggins, PF – Gorgui Dieng, C – Karl-Anthony Towns

Key Reserves: F – Taj Gibson, G – Jamal Crawford, F – Nemanja Bjelica, G – Tyus Jones

 

3. Denver Nuggets

Key Additions: Paul Millsap, Trey Lyles, Tyler Lydon (24th overall selection)

Key Departures: Danilo Gallinari

Projected Starting Lineup: PG – Jamal Murray, SG – Gary Harris, SF – Wilson Chandler, PF – Paul Millsap, C – Nikola Jokic

Key Reserves: F – Mason Plumlee (unsigned – RFA), G – Will Barton, G – Jameer Nelson, F – Kenneth Faried

 

4. Portland Trail Blazers

Key Additions: Zach Collins (10th overall selection), Caleb Swanigan (26th overall selection)

Key Departures: Allen Crabbe

Projected Starting Lineup: PG – Damian Lillard, SG – C. J. McCollum, SF – Maurice Harkless, PF – Al-Farouq Aminu, C – Jusuf Nurkic

Key Reserves: C – Zach Collins, G – Evan Turner, C – Meyers Leonard, F – Noah Vonleh

 

5. Utah Jazz

Key Additions: Ricky Rubio, Jonas Jerebko, Thabo Sefolosha, Donovan Mitchell (13th overall selection), Tony Bradley (28th overall selection)

Key Departures: Gordon Hayward, George Hill, Shelvin Mack, Boris Diaw, Trey Lyles

Projected Starting Lineup: PG – Ricky Rubio, SG – Rodney Hood, SF – Joe Ingles, PF – Derrick Favors, C – Rudy Gobert

Key Reserves: F – Joe Johnson, G – Thabo Sefolosha, G – Dante Exum, G – Donovan Mitchell

 

Pacific Division

1. Golden State Warriors

Key Additions: Omri Casspi, Nick Young

Key Departures: Ian Clark

Projected Starting Lineup: PG – Stephen Curry, SG – Klay Thompson, SF – Kevin Durant, PF – Draymond Green, C – Zaza Pachulia

Key Reserves: F – Andre Iguodala, G – Shaun Livingston, F – Nick Young, G – Patrick McCaw

 

2. Los Angeles Clippers

Key Additions: Danilo Gallinari, Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, Milos Teodosic, Willie Reed, Lou Williams

Key Departures: Chris Paul, J. J. Redick, Jamal Crawford, Luc Mbah a Moute, Raymond Felton, Marreese Speights

Projected Starting Lineup: PG – Patrick Beverley, SG – Austin Rivers, SF – Danilo Gallinari, PF – Blake Griffin, C – DeAndre Jordan

Key Reserves: G – Lou Williams, F – Sam Dekker, F – Montrezl Harrell, G – Milos Tedosic

 

3. Los Angeles Lakers

Key Additions: Brook Lopez, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Lonzo Ball (2nd overall selection), Kyle Kuzma (27th overall selection), Josh Hart (30th overall selection)

Key Departures: D’Angelo Russell, Timofey Mozgov, Nick Young, Tarik Black

Projected Starting Lineup: PG – Lonzo Ball, SG – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SF – Brandon Ingram, PF – Julius Randle, C – Brook Lopez

Key Reserves: G – Jordan Clarkson, F – Larry Nance Jr., F – Luol Deng, C – Ivica Zubac

 

4. Sacramento Kings

Key Additions: George Hill, Zach Randolph, Vince Carter, Bogdan Bogdanovic, De’Aaron Fox (5th overall selection), Justin Jackson (15th overall selection), Harry Giles (20th overall selection)

Key Departures: Rudy Gay, Darren Collison, Arron Afflalo, Ty Lawson, Anthony Tolliver, Ben McLemore

Projected Starting Lineup: PG – George Hill, SG – Buddy Hield, SF – Garrett Temple, PF – Zach Randolph, C – Willie Cauley-Stein

Key Reserves: G – De’Aaron Fox, F – Skal Labissiere, G – Vince Carter, F – Justin Jackson

 

5. Phoenix Suns

Key Additions: Josh Jackson (4th overall selection)

Key Departures: Brandon Knight (out for season – torn ACL), Leandro Barbosa

Projected Starting Lineup: PG – Eric Bledsoe, SG – Devin Booker, SF – T. J. Warren, PF – Marquese Chriss, C – Alex Len (unsigned – RFA)

Key Reserves: G – Josh Jackson, C – Tyson Chandler, F – Dragan Bender, G – Tyler Ulis

 

Southwest Division

1. San Antonio Spurs

Key Additions: Rudy Gay, Joffrey Lauvergne, Derrick White (29th overall selection)

Key Departures: Jonathon Simmons, Dewayne Dedmon

Projected Starting Lineup: PG – Tony Parker (out until January – left quad injury), SG – Danny Green, SF – Kawhi Leonard, PF – LaMarcus Aldridge, C – Pau Gasol

Key Reserves: G – Patty Mills, F – Rudy Gay, G – Manu Ginobili, G – Dejounte Murray

 

2. Houston Rockets

Key Additions: Chris Paul, P. J. Tucker, Luc Mbah a Moute, Tarik Black

Key Departures: Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, Lou Williams

Projected Starting Lineup: PG – Chris Paul, SG – James Harden, SF – Trevor Ariza, PF – Ryan Anderson, C – Clint Capela

Key Reserves: G – Eric Gordon, F – P. J. Tucker, F – Nene Hilario, F – Luc Mbah a Moute

 

3. New Orleans Pelicans

Key Additions: Rajon Rondo

Key Departures: Dante Cunningham (unsigned – UFA), Tim Frazier, Solomon Hill (may miss season – torn hamstring)

Projected Starting Lineup: PG – Rajon Rondo, SG – Jrue Holiday, SF – E’Twaun Moore, PF – Anthony Davis, C – DeMarcus Cousins

Key Reserves: G – Ian Clark, C – Alexis Ajinca, G – Jordan Crawford, C – Omer Asik

 

4. Dallas Mavericks

Key Additions: Dennis Smith Jr. (9th overall selection)

Key Departures: None

Projected Starting Lineup: PG – Dennis Smith Jr., SG – Seth Curry, SF – Wesley Matthews, PF – Harrison Barnes, C – Dirk Nowitzki

Key Reserves: C – Nerlens Noel, G – Yogi Ferrell, F – Dorian Finney-Smith, F – Dwight Powell

 

5. Memphis Grizzlies

Key Additions: Tyreke Evans, Ben McLemore, Mario Chalmers

Key Departures: Zach Randolph, Tony Allen (unsigned – UFA), Vince Carter

Projected Starting Lineup: PG – Mike Conley, SG – Tyreke Evans, SF – Chandler Parsons, PF – JaMychal Green (unsigned – RFA), C – Marc Gasol

Key Reserves: G – Andrew Harrison, F – James Ennis III, C – Brandan Wright, G – Troy Daniels, G – Ben McLemore (fractured foot – expected to miss first month)

Kenny Kluska

Founder of All Sports Fans Unite

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