TI Roundtable: Predicting the 2023-24 NBA season

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The Denver Nuggets celebrate during the Denver Nuggets victory parade and rally after winning the 2023 NBA Championship at Civic Center Park on June 15, 2023 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /

Predicting the NBA Western Conference Standings:

Rylan Stiles, @Rylan_Stiles on Twitter/X: 

  1. Nuggets
  2. Suns
  3. Lakers
  4. Kings
  5. Thunder
  6. Clippers
  7. Grizzlies
  8. Warriors
  9. Pelicans
  10. Mavericks
  11. Timberwolves
  12. Jazz
  13. Rockets
  14. Trailblazers
  15. Spurs

For a full reasoning on My picks, check out the Locked on Thunder Podcast.

Alex Mcewan, Contributor, @EFlame_717 on Twitter: 

  1. Nuggets
  2.  Kings
  3. Warriors
  4. Suns
  5. Lakers
  6. Thunder
  7. Mavericks
  8. Pelicans
  9. Grizzlies
  10. Clippers
  11. Wolves
  12. Spurs
  13. Rockets
  14. Jazz
  15. Rockets

Ivan White, Contributor, @Ivanbball13 on Twitter

  1. Nuggets
    The defending champions have another great regular season as they defend their ring.
  2. Suns
    Devin Booker, Kevin Durant, and Bradley Beal will be near-unstoppable in the regular season if they stay healthy.
  3.  Clippers
    The Clippers will have games missed by stars, but if they can get James Harden, that will alleviate much of that stress.
  4. Lakers
    LeBron James and Anthony Davis should be enough to get the Lakers home court in the first round with their supporting cast.
  5. Kings
    De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis take a small step back but still get plenty of opportunities to light the beam.
  6. Warriors
    Golden State was already aging, and adding Chris Paul did not do it any favors.
  7. Thunder
    OKC makes its way back into the playoffs with a fun season.
  8. Grizzlies
    Without Ja Morant for the first few weeks, the Grizzlies struggle early.
  9. Mavericks
    Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving will score a lot, but other teams will often score more.
  10. Pelicans
    New Orleans could be much higher, but they probably won’t be healthy much.
  11. Timberwolves
    Trading for Gobert was an awful move at the time and continues to look bad this season.
  12.  Jazz
    Utah will be fun and compete for a play-in spot but ultimately falls short again.
  13. Rockets
    Houston should be somewhat improved, but someone has to lose games if everyone else is winning.
  14.  Trail Blazers
    On paper, Portland looks solid, but a better team couldn’t win games with Lillard last season.
  15. Spurs
    Wembanyama will be excellent in year one, but San Antonio is in no rush to win.