2011-12 Preview: Pacific Division

2011-12 Preview: Pacific Division

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Division Overview

Last year, the Pacific division had a down year – the only team to advance to the post season were the Lakers. Showing complete dominance, the Lakers have finished at the top of the pile in the past four seasons. The Clips, Warriors and Kings have all had their fair share of struggles in recent years. The Kings and Clips have finished under .500 in the past five seasons. The Warriors last playoff appearance was in 2006, when Baron Davis led the team to an exciting upset victory over the number one seeded Mavericks.

Needless to say, this division needs an injection of excitement. Looking forward to the 2011-12 season it seems like they’ll get the medicine they need in the form of two new players – the best point guard in the league and a scoring machine from BYU. Chris Paul arrived in L.A. – to the Lakers Clippers, and Jimmermania is about to take off in Sacramento.

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Also, the exciting duo of Curry and Ellis are drawing attention to the Warriors. And the Suns, well at least they still have Steve Nash. Drama is building in the Pacific division and it boils down to a few key questions. Who will win the battle of L.A.? How will Jimmer’s NCAA success translate to the NBA? Are the aging Lakers still championship contenders? How many lobs will Paul throw to Blake Griffin?

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