We hit the All-Star break this week, with most teams in the Association having only two games on their schedule. We are taking this opportunity to check in across the NBA, looking at each team, division by division. Who has emerged this season? Who are potential players as we approach the trading deadline? We move to the Western Conference and continue with the Northwest Division.
The NBA will announced reserves for next month's All-Star game tomorrow and in advance of the release, we wanted to name our own list. First, the starters as announced by the Association. The guards are Chris Paul from the Clippers and the Lakers Kobe Bryant, the Clippers Blake Griffin and Thunder forward Kevin Durant, along with Lakers center Dwight Howard. The starters are always a popularity contest, now a look at those deserving of a reserve roll.
As we roll into the 2012-'13 NBA season, we're going to take you through an overview of each of the six divisions. Who are key newcomers? Who are notable for your fantasy team? Last season was brutal with a late and sudden December start to an abbreviated season. We continue our previews moving over to the Western Conference, beginning with the Northwest Division. Will Oklahoma City regret trading emerging fantasy superstar James Harden? Is Andre Iguodala the spark that Denver needs to lead the deepest team in the Association? Could Damian Lillard be on his way to Rookie of the Year honors in Portland? Has Utah improved enough on the perimeter to compliment the inside power of Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson? Ricky Rubio is out until Christmas and now Kevin Love is out until December, can Brandon Roy hold the team together?
With the NBA regular season tipping off this week, a major trade from the Association. The defending Western Conference champion Oklahoma City Thunder shipping mainstay James Harden to the Houston Rockets in a multi-player deal. What are the fantasy implications? Why would the Thunder break up their big three? We break it down for you in the inaugural edition of Talking Hoops for the 2012-'13 season.
While the Eastern Conference featured Philadelphia's shocking win over top seeded Chicago, the Western Conference held serve, for the most part. The Clippers seven game elimination of Memphis could be considered an upset, while expected by others.
As we play out the final days of the 2011-'12 NBA regular season, we take a look at each franchise. Who emerged, what went wrong, what lies ahead. A look at post season chances, long term potential and upgrades possible in this summer's NBA draft. We continue in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference with the Oklahoma City Thunder.