Apr 5, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs small forwardKawhi Leonard
(2) is defended by Golden State Warriors point guardStephen Curry
(30) during the second half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
On Tuesday, ESPN kicked off their eighth annual Summer Forecast. The forecast predicts where each team will finish in terms of wins.
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The Golden State Warriors topped ESPN’s Summer Forecast for the Western Conference. This comes as no surprise, the NBA champs finished with 67 wins last season.
The Warriors have everyone returning with the exception of David Lee. The “Splash Brothers” are ready to lead the Warriors to another title. Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry form the best backcourt in the league without question.
The Spurs have a more complete roster than the Warriors, but the Warriors are built for regular season success like the Atlanta Hawks. The Warriors have a young team that adjusts well in back-to-back sets.
The addition of LaMarcus Aldridge to the Spurs makes them a favorite not only in the West, but to win the NBA Finals. The Spurs also signed David West in the offseason to help make up for the losses of Tiago Splitter and Aron Baynes.
ESPN predicts the Warriors finishing with 60 wins, while the Spurs finish with 57. The Rockets and Clippers are closely behind with a predicted 56 wins.
The biggest surprise on the Summer Forecast was that they predict Oklahoma City to finish in fifth place with 55 wins. The Thunder have the game’s best duo in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Down low the Thunder are good as well, as they have Serge Ibaka and Enes Kanter. It wouldn’t surprise me if they finish in 1st place.
Memphis, New Orleans, and Dallas round out the top-8 in the West.
If the Spurs remain healthy they will contend for the title, no question.