The NBA’s Pacific Division was probably the best overall division in basketball last year — it certainly was at the top end — featuring the two Western Conference favorites and the ultimate NBA champs in the Los Angeles Lakers. The division should only get more competitive for the upcoming season, as the Lakers and Clippers figure to be at least as good as they were last year, and the bottom portion of the division should be much improved as well. Below you’ll find team by team analysis for the Lakers and Clippers, as well as the rest of the Pacific Division teams including the Suns, Warriors and Kings.
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Championship Odds: +275
MVP Contenders: Anthony Davis +800, LeBron James +900
6th Man Contenders: Dennis Schroeder +1600, Montrezl Harrell +2000
DPOY Contenders: Anthony Davis +275
The Lakers obviously didn’t need to do much to improve their roster after winning the 2020 NBA Championship, but they still went out and made some moves that should go a long way in helping them to repeat in 2020-21. One of the Lakers’ biggest issues when they did struggle last season was their bench, and they went very much on the nose with their adjustments to that problem this offseason. The Lakers signed both the 6th Man of the Year award winner — Montrezl Harrell — as well as the first runner-up — Dennis Schroder — and both players figure to be key contributors to the Lakers’ 2nd unit this season.
Championship Odds: +550
MVP Contenders: Kawhi Leonard +2000
6th Man Contenders: Lou Williams +500, Serge Ibaka +1000
The Clippers suffered an extremely disappointing series loss to the Denver Nuggets last postseason when they blew a three games to one lead, but they had an impressive season overall and didn’t need to change anything to remain a Western Conference contender for 2020-21. With Harrell exiting to the Lakers, the Clippers acquired Serge Ibaka — who will join his new teammate Lou Williams as a 6th Man of the Year frontrunner. The Clippers will have to hope that Ibaka along with fellow newcomer Luke Kennard will help solidify a rotation that didn’t seem to mesh well at times last season, particularly in the playoffs. Overall though this is a team with as much talent and depth as any in the NBA and the odds rightfully indicate their high probability of making a deeper playoff run this time around.
Championship Odds: +3000
Western Conference Odds: +1400
Pacific Division Odds: +1800
MVP Contenders: Stephen Curry +800
Rookie of the Year Contenders: James Wiseman +600
The Warriors began the offseason in the rare position of being both a title contender and a team with a high-end lottery pick, and that combination is largely why they were just +800 to win the NBA Finals a few weeks ago. The offseason turned south quickly, however, when Klay Thompson suffered an Achilles injury that will knock him out for the second consecutive season. The Warriors were up against extremely tough competition from the two LA teams to begin with, but it’s going to significantly more challenging without Klay in the lineup. Even so, the Warriors still figure to be a solid team with an outside shot at winning the division.
Championship Odds: +4000
Western Conference Odds: +2200
Pacific Division Odds: +2500
MVP Contenders: Devin Booker +2500
Most Improved Player Contenders: Deandre Ayton +1500
The Suns are one of the more intriguing sleepers for the 2020-21 season, though the betting odds still don’t seem to indicate much of a chance for them to compete for the division or a championship even after acquiring Chris Paul. A lot of that surely has to do with the uphill climb that is the Pacific Division, but the Suns could wind up being a second-tier contender if things break right. Chris Paul — and Devin Booker to a lesser extent — are known commodities, but Deandre Ayton is still just 22 years old and two years removed from being the first overall pick. Ayton’s continued development will be a key variable for the Suns this year, and he enters the season as one of the favorites for the Most Improved Player Award.
Championship Odds: +20000
Western Conference Odds: +10000
Pacific Division Odds: +10000
Rookie of the Year Contenders: Tyrese Haliburton +1500
The Kings are the only Pacific Division team that is in anything close to rebuilding mode, though this does seem to be a team that has been trying to be a playoff contender without much success. De’Aaron Fox could very well be a star on the rise, but Buddy Hield hasn’t really panned out as a high-level NBA player, and the surrounding pieces just haven’t been good enough. Adding Hassan Whiteside and a few other veterans probably isn’t going to change much, and if the Kings are going to take a big step forward, it’s probably going to come in large part from Marvin Bagley growing as a player. Bagley is still just 21, and his progression along with the development of rookie Tyrese Haliburton are probably the most interesting aspects of the Kings this season.
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