Forecast: 2012-13 West standings

Originally Published: August 21, 2012
ESPN.com

Steve NashAndrew D. Bernstein/Getty ImagesWelcome to the West. Can Steve Nash guide the new-look Lakers to the top spot in the conference?

The fifth annual Summer Forecast series rolls on with a look at the Western Conference from top to bottom. (Here's our East forecast.)

For foresight, we surveyed 100 of ESPN's best basketball minds, including contributors from ESPN.com, the TrueHoop Network, TrueHoop TV, Daily Dime Live, ESPN TV, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, espnW, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Insider, ESPN Fantasy, ESPN Games, ESPN Dallas, ESPN Los Angeles, ESPN Boston, ESPN Chicago, ESPN New York, ESPN Stats & Information, ESPN Topics and ESPN Analytics.

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Forecast: 2012-13 Western Conference Standings