The Golden State Warriors are one of the best teams in the NBA, but they may also not even a be a top-two team in their own division.
Probably the most improved improve division in the league, the Pacific Division includes the Golden State Warriors, LA Clippers, LA Lakers, Sacramento Kings and Pheonix Suns.
Only the Suns are expected to be completely out of the playoff race. However, the Suns also have the division’s most up-and-coming roster with stars like Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton so don’t expect them to be quiet for too much longer.
The Kings, like the Suns, are full of bright and promising players. De’Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley III lead an exciting team in Sacramento. As of now, they’re still on the outside looking in, barely missing the playoffs in most projections.
As for the two teams in LA, they both got significantly better. For both the Lakers and the Clippers, not making the Finals will be an unsuccessful season. They must prove that spending the big bucks to bring in talent is worth it.
Anthony Davis, the six-time All-Star, joined the Lakers, forcing LA to give up numerous talented and young assets. Aside from Davis, the Lakers failed to really fill out their roster with much talent. As for a Clippers, they have a deep roster led by Paul George and Kawhi Leonard.
Lastly, our Golden State Warriors lost Kevin Durant. While they added D’Angelo Russell, there is still no replacing a player like Durant. They’re not going to be as good as last year, but last year’s team, at full strength, was light years ahead of the competition.
That said, let’s take a deeper dive into what to expect from each team in the Pacific this season and how they compare to the Golden State Warriors.