Rank 'Em: NBA Western Conference

Created: July 15, 2010, 11:53 AM

Will the Suns be the Lakers' toughest test?

Which teams will step up to challenge the Lakers this coming season?

The Western Conference was loaded with 50-win teams last season, but the NBA's offseason leaves it unclear if any of them are improving enough to unseat the two-time defending champions. The Suns lost Amare Stoudemire but added Hedo Turkoglu. The Jazz lost Carlos Boozer but added Al Jefferson. The Mavericks kept Dirk Nowitzki but missed out on Al Harrington, who is headed to the Nuggets.

So with the bulk of the major offseason moves seemingly in the books, what does the balance of power in the Western Conference look like to you?

  • Clippers
    Record: 29-53
    Added: Al-Farouq-Aminu, Eric Bledsoe, Willie Warren
    Lost: Steve Blake, Drew Gooden, Travis Outlaw
  • Grizzlies
    Record: 40-42
    Added: Xavier Henry, Greivis Vasquez, Tony Allen
  • Hornets
    Record: 37-45
    Added: Craig Brackins, Quincy Pondexter, Luther Head
    Lost: Mo Peterson
  • Jazz
    Record: 53-29
    Added: Al Jefferson, Raja Bell, Gordon Hayward, Jeremy Evans
    Lost: Carlos Boozer, Kyle Korver
  • Kings
    Record: 25-57
    Added: DeMarcus Cousins, Hassan Whiteside
  • Lakers
    Record: 57-25
    Added: Steve Blaker, Devin Ebanks, Derrick Caracter
    Lost: Jordan Farmar
  • Mavericks
    Record: 55-27
    Added: Tyson Chandler, Alexis Ajinca, Dominique Jones
    Lost: Matt Carroll, Erick Dampier, Eduardo Najera
  • Nuggets
    Record: 53-29
    Added: Al Harrington
    Lost: Johan Petro
  • Rockets
    Record: 42-40
    Added: Patrick Patterson
  • Spurs
    Record: 50-32
    Added: Tiago Splitter, James Anderson, Ryan Richards
  • Suns
    Record: 54-28
    Added: Hedo Turkoglu, Hakim Warrick, Gani Lawai, Dwayne Collins
    Lost: Amare Stoudemire, Leandro Barbosa, Dwayne Jones
  • Thunder
    Record: 50-32
    Added: Daequan Cook, Mo Peterson, Cole Aldrich, Tibor Pleiss, Ryan Reid
  • Wolves
    Record: 15-67
    Added: Michael Beasley, Martell Webster, Darko Milicic, Wesley Johnson, Lazar Hayward
    Lost: Al Jefferson
  • Trail Blazers
    Record: 50-32
    Added: Luke Babbitt, Elliot Williams, Armon Johnson
    Lost: Martell Webster
  • Warriors
    Record: 26-56
    Added: Charlie Bell, Dan Gadzuric, David Lee, Ekpe Udoh
    Lost: Anthony Morrow, Anthony Randolph, Corey Maggette, Ronny Turiaf, Kelenna Azubike