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NBA Offseason Review: Southwest Division

Posted By Ben Rohrbach On December 21, 2011 @ 5:28 pm In General | No Comments

Given the drama (and comedy) that was the NBA lockout, the ensuing free agency frenzy and the vetoed trade by a commissioner of a group of owners who was acting as the general manager of an individual team that is owned by that same group of owners, it’s easy to get confused about who landed where. This is the third of six daily division-by-division reviews leading up to opening day.

NBA Offseason Review: Pacific Division [1]
NBA Offseason Review: Northwest Division [2]

[3]HOUSTON ROCKETS

2010-11 record: 43-39
2010-11 standing: 5th in Southwest Division
NBA draft picks: 14. Marcus Morris; 20. Donatas Motiejunas; 38. Chandler Parsons
Key additions: Samuel Dalembert (free agent); Jonny Flynn (trade); Jeremy Lin (FA)
Key substractions: Yao Ming (retired); Chuck Hayes (free agent); Brad Miller (trade)
2011-12 starters: PG Kyle Lowry; SG Kevin Martin; SF Chase Budinger; PF Luis Scola; C Dalembert
2011-12 wins over/under (sportsbook.com): 34.5
2011-12 prediction: 35-31

[4]MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES

2010-11 record: 46-36
2010-11 standing: 4th in Southwest Division; lost Western Conference semifinals to Thunder, 4-3
NBA draft picks: 49. Josh Selby
Key additions: Brian Skinner (free agent); Jeremy Pargo (FA)
Key substractions: Shane Battier (free agent); Leon Powe (FA)
2011-12 starters: PG Mike Conley; SG O.J. Mayo; SF Rudy Gay; PF Zach Randolph; C Marc Gasol
2011-12 wins over/under (sportsbook.com): 36.5
2011-12 prediction: 38-28

[5]DALLAS MAVERICKS

2010-11 record: 57-25
2010-11 standing: Won Southwest Division; NBA champions
NBA draft picks: None
Key additions: Lamar Odom (trade); Vince Carter (amnesty); Delonte West (free agent); Brandan Wright (FA)
Key substractions: Tyson Chandler (free agent); J.J. Barea (FA); Caron Butler (FA); DeShawn Stevenson (FA)
2011-12 starters: PG Jason Kidd; SG Vince Carter; SF Lamar Odom; PF Dirk Nowitzki; C Brendan Haywood
2011-12 wins over/under (sportsbook.com): 44.5
2011-12 prediction: 44-22

[5] [5]SAN ANTONIO SPURS

2010-11 record: 61-21
2010-11 standing: 1st in Southwest Division; lost first round to Grizzlies, 4-2
NBA draft picks: 15. Kawhi Leonard; 29. Cory Joseph; 42. Davis Bertans; 59. Adam Hanga
Key additions: T.J. Ford (free agent)
Key substractions: George Hill (trade); Antonio McDyess (waived)
2011-12 starters: PG Tony Parker; SG Manu Ginobili; SF Richard Jefferson; PF Tim Duncan; C Tiago Splitter
2011-12 wins over/under (sportsbook.com): 45.5
2011-12 prediction: 37-29

[5]NEW ORLEANS HORNETS

2010-11 record: 46-36
2010-11 standing: 3rd in Southwest Division; lost first round to Lakers, 4-2
NBA draft picks: None
Key additions: Eric Gordon (trade) Al-Farouq Aminu (trade); Chris Kaman (trade)
Key substractions: Chris Paul (trade); David West (free agent); Aaron Gray (free agent)
2011-12 starters: PG Jarrett Jack; SG Eric Gordon; SF Trevor Ariza; PF Emeka Okafor; C Chris Kaman
2011-12 wins over/under (sportsbook.com): 26.5
2011-12 prediction: 15-51


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