The young Thunder have their work cut out for them. After taking over the West during the 2012 playoffs, Oklahoma City now must fend off a new and much improved Los Angeles Lakers team looking to reclaim its crown.
Is a new West champ in the offing?
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, ESPNDallas.com, ESPNLosAngeles.com, ESPNBoston.com, ESPNChicago.com, ESPNNewYork.com, ESPN Stats & Information, ESPN Topics and ESPN Analytics.
Here's the voting breakdown: