OK, the playoffs and parades are over. (Wow! weren't they just super?) The draft is even complete. And here we stand just days away from finding out where LeBron will go. I'm figuring a 95%+ chance he stays in the east so who gives a frick?
Now the trade rumors are a-flyin' and with all big name free agents this year the NBA landscape is likely to look quite different by the time the season starts. With all that up in the air, trying to project how how the teams will place next year is futile.
But I do wonder which team is poised to drop the farthest from where they finished last year? For example, I remember back to 2008 when New Orleans pushed the Spurs in the conference semis only to drop like a stone. Or 2009 when Portland were "world beaters" only to fall to Houston and then to killer injuries. In 2010 Phx made the conference finals but have they peaked?
So bottom line, given all we think we know, which team is most in danger of a big drop if they don't do a lot of work this off season?
Below is an alphabetical list of teams in the west along with where they placed in the standings and their win-loss record. (Sorry eastern conf. and Clips, Sacto, Warriors & Minni. I don't care about you right now.)