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Lakers Make Massive Leap in Colin Cowherd’s Western Conference Rankings

Colin Cowherd: “We know what the East looks like… Milwaukee and Boston are the favorites, and then Philly and Cleveland are really interesting… Out West, no idea. The Mavs got better, the Lakers got better, the Suns got better, Warriors trying to get better, Minnesota slightly got better, Utah got more picks. One though eight, this is not how they’ll finish, barring injuries, these are the eight best teams in the West this morning. I got a lot of pushback on this…

8. Mavericks (30-26)

7. Kings (31-23)

6. Nuggets (38-17)

5. Lakers (25-30)

4. Grizzlies (33-21)

3. Clippers (31-27)

2. Warriors (28-27)

1. Suns (30-26)

"Phoenix and Golden State are one and two. I love their starting fives, rotations shrink in the playoffs, I don’t care that much about bench. Suns and Warriors have big stars, competent veteran coaches, complementary players to the stars – those feel like the two best teams in the West. The Clippers and the Grizzlies have more depth and I like both coaches, but they don’t quite have the star power and that matters in the playoffs. The refs swallow the whistles and the stars take control. Lakers and Nuggets next. I know everybody loves Denver. I get two players I love, LeBron and Jokic, but do I trust AD’s health or D’Angelo Russell? NO. He makes them better, I don’t think he makes them great. And the Nuggets, I know Jokic is great, but give me all the great playoff games I’ve gotten from Michael Porter and Jamal Murray? I don’t know about the complementary guys. Then the Kings and the Mavericks are great stories but I’m not convinced they’re great teams. Dallas is better, but man, defensively Luka and Kyrie can be completely worked in a long series.” (Full Segment Above)

Watch Colin Cowherd rank the eight best teams in the Western Conference following the NBA Trade Deadline, as Colin has the Lakers making a major push in the standings after getting rid of Russell Westbrook.

Check out the segment above as Colin details why the Nuggets, with the league’s second-best record at 38-17, are actually behind the 25-30 Lakers in his rankings.

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