Western Conference Division Winners and Conference Champs
Below you will find a table with the Western Conference staff picks. The writers believe the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, and OKC Thunder are all but locks to win the Pacific, Southwest, and Northwest Divisions. The Sports Unbiased consensus mirrors the staffs picks, as it shows the Warriors, Spurs, and Thunder will clinch their divisions, however, in a shocking shift of opinion, the Spurs are the favorites to win Western Conference finals. Check out the writer responses as to why they made their selections and cast your vote below.
Ben Buchanan – The Thunder have been playing well this year, being carried by stars Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. They have built up a large lead in the Northwest division (10 games above the Trial Blazers) and are obviously the most talented team in the division. The Northwest should be an easy lock for the Thunder.
Jr. Williams – This is one conference that has been decided as the Thunder would have to tank throughout the rest of the season to lose their traction as the best in the northwest. The only thing that concerns me is their remaining record, where at least 80 percent of their games are against teams over .500. Above all else, the Portland Trail Blazers would have to play near perfect basketball in order to have the slightest chance.
Ben Buchanan – What else can you say apart from it’s been a magical season for the Warriors and it’s safe to assume they have the Pacific division locked down. They have a 15 game lead over the Clippers and won’t show any signs of slowing down. At 53-5 they have already clinched the playoffs, clinching the Pacific division will likely be their next accomplishment.
Jr. Williams – The Warriors have a commanding lead in the Pacific, and there is no chance of any team catching them, as this team could very well win 70 games this season. Far in the distance is the LA Clippers, a team knocking on the door of 48-50 wins this year. The disparity of wins among teams in the Pacific Conference is almost comical. No one will catch the Warriors, unless the Clippers and Rockets combine their records.
Ben Buchanan – The San Antonio Spurs have quietly been a tremendous team so far this season. With all the media attention on the Golden State Warriors the Spurs have quietly built up a 50-9 record and a 15 game lead in the Southwest division. It is safe to assume that we’ll be crowning Tim Duncan, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kawhi Leonard and the rest of the team as the Southwest champs soon.
Jr. Williams – With all the talk about the Golden State Warriors the Spurs are quietly inching their way towards a 60+ win season. Hard to believe the lack of attention they’re receiving despite being four games behind Golden State in the loss column. Historically speaking, the Spurs have a history of 50 win seasons that stretch as far back as 16 plus years (1999-2000). They have a lock on the division and have virtually secured their position in the postseason.
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Kyle Curry – The Spurs are having the second best season this year behind the Warriors and yes, the Spurs got pummeled the first time they played (losing by 30 at GS) but even that seemed a little unorthodox for Pop and the Spurs. I think that Pop used that game as a test to see exactly what he could do as far as defensive and offensive schemes are and what would work and what would not work. I think that the Spurs will split this season series with the Warriors but they will end up ultimately going to the Finals against the Cavs.
Ben Buchanan – Oh boy will this be exciting. We have two historically great teams in the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs likely to be taking home the 1 & 2 seeds. We’ll also have the OKC Thunder who could put up a serious battle to some of the top competition in the West. Between the Warriors and the Spurs it’s really a toss up, the Warriors have a tremendous core with tons of depth, shooting and youth. The Spurs are a older team featuring more movement, finesse and maturity. Between the two, I’d have to go with the Golden State Warriors, Steph Curry is a generational talent who is just too hard to bet against, not to mention sharpshooter Klay Thompson, all around star Draymond Green, Talented wing Harrison Barnes and much more.
Jr. Williams – The Western Conference finals will be a chess game between Greg Popovich and Steve Kerr — a match in which I expect the experience and resolve of coach Popovich to outweigh the shrewdness and practical knowledge of Kerr. This could arguably be one of the best Western Conference finals of all time as the decorated veteran Spurs will ultimately out grind the fast paced Warriors. This series will stretch to seven games, unfortunately, there will be no late heroics from Stephen Curry as I expect Kawhi Leonard to slow him down.
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