The 2019-2020 NBA season is finally upon us. With one of the biggest off-seasons in NBA history happening this past summer, the hype around this following season was unreal, and suffice to say, it has not just met those expectations, but shattered them. This season has seen so many superstar performances already, that it’s almost guaranteed the previous season, which itself was a historic one for the ages in its own right.
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It was a common point of discussion amongst fans that the western conference was really overpowered this time around, and the East didn’t stand a chance, while this may ring true, there have been some surprises in the mix. Without a doubt, just three weeks back, at the start of the season, no fan could have predicted the top 4 teams in the west correctly. These expectations have turned this side of the league on its head, and it’s worth a discussion. So this piece, we’re breaking down the top 4 teams in the NBA western conference by ranking.
Los Angeles Lakers
Contrary to our above statement, this is one thing that any NBA fan with reasonable knowledge could have predicted correctly. The LA Lakers are currently sitting pretty atop the NBA western conference, with a record of 6 wins and 1 loss. LABRON was a good joke while it has lasted, but the legend has certainly proved that even though he is past his prime in the numbers, age is nothing but a number.
Secondly, we come to quite an unexpected pick in the west, the Dallas Mavericks. Nobody would have imagined that the Mavs would be a top 5 team in the west, let alone the second best. This resurgence comes from a string of hard fought battles by Texas’s finest. Presently holding a win loss ratio of 5-2 the Mavericks couldn’t have asked for a better start to their season.
Yet another surprise comes in the form of the third seed in the western conference, the Denver Nuggets. Having not been a fantastic team for the majority of the 2000s, and generally being a journeyman team during the 2010s, it’s great to see Denver getting some big wins this time around. As mentioned, currently seeded third in the west, and holding a record of 5 wins and 2 losses, Denver has had a great start to the season.
Lastly, we come to the fourth seed in the western conference is the major sleeper, Phoenix Suns. Pretty much, the Suns haven’t been a top tier team since a youngster named Steve Nash led them through a trial by fire which was the playoffs at the time. However, another young guard, this time by the name of Devin Booker is proving that history certainly does repeat itself. One of the most hyped teams during the offseason were the Houston Rockets, which actually came in fifth. But the combined powers of Beard and Brodie, James Harden, and Russel Westbrook, couldn’t even knock the Suns out of the top 5.