The San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, New Orleans Pelicans, and Memphis Grizzlies. All from great American cities that carry some nice pro basketball nostalgia. From Pistol Pete down in the Big Easy to the Grindhouse in Memphis and back to Texas where a total of eight NBA titles lay claim, this division has proven to be challenging to teams and equally as entertaining to fans over the years.
The 2021-22 season may look a bit different than most recall, and that should be for the best. After all, change is the only thing that is constant.
Right up front, Dallas appears to be the favorite, and superstars residing in New Orleans & Memphis appear primed for breakout seasons. San Antonio is a completely different team after a wild offseason. Then, of course, we have Houston. Hakeem & Clyde aren’t walking through that door, but then again, neither is Tim Duncan. The same door, only three hours apart down Interstate 10.
The fountain of youth appears to be flowing in almost every direction, at least at first glance. Many questions loom around the division. Can Dallas live up to the hype? Will Zion Williamson emerge as a proven leader? Does Memphis have what it takes to get back to the playoffs? Is San Antonio in for a tank job? Has Houston given up on basketball altogether after finishing 17-55, which happens to be their worst season since 1982?
Here, we look at each club in the Southwest Division, predicting worst to first, as we search for answers to these burning questions.