The second part of Posting Up’s six-part preview of the upcoming NBA season will focus on the Pacific Division — home to the league’s defending champions, one retooling power and three rebuilding teams.
Five experts will break down five key questions about the season ahead for all five teams: the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings. Doing the honors will be: Anthony Slater from The Athletic Bay Area; Brad Turner and Tania Ganguli from the Los Angeles Times; Ben Golliver from Sports Illustrated; and Sam Amick from USA Today.
The striking thing about the Pacific Division is the wide disparity between the teams. For Golden State, this season is about going for history, both to win a second straight title and a third in the last four to begin to try and establish a dynasty. The Clippers, meanwhile, saw Chris Paul leave, ending the best era in franchise history and leaving them trying to retool around Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, the remaining pillars of the team’s big three.
Then there are the Lakers, Suns and Kings, all of whom are building around young players. In Los Angeles, that means Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingam; in Phoenix, it’s Devin Booker and Josh Jackson; and in Sacramento it’s DeAaron Fox and Buddy Hield.
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