The rise of the Golden State Warriors dynasty coincided with the struggles of their brethren in the Pacific Division.
Since then, only the Warriors and Clippers have made the postseason out of the Pacific, and in the 2017-2018 season Golden State was the sole team from the division to make the playoffs. Clearly the Lakers, Suns, and Kings were deep in hibernation while the Clippers gave futile chase to the Golden Empire’s dynasty.
Contrast that to the Northwest Division, which has sent at least three teams to the postseason every season since 2016-2017, including sending four last year (Denver, Utah, Portland, and Oklahoma City).
This year we can expect the Pacific to rise once again in full force, as both Los Angeles teams have major title aspirations. The Clippers added Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to a roster that gave the Warriors some annoying troubles in the first round last season.
The Clippers are the hands-on championship favorites. pic.twitter.com/0bf3QJLrfI— pickuphoop (@pickuphoop) October 18, 2019
The Lakers have perhaps the most imposing front court in all of basketball with LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Javale McGee, and Dwight Howard living in the paint.
Even the young Kings pose a matchup threat on any given night, with a stable of athletic bigs and a high scoring backcourt that can terrorize any defense. Sacramento fought the Warriors tooth-and-nail last season, and are poised to make a huge leap this season that may land them in the postseason.
Fastest player in the NBA?— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) December 15, 2018
De'Aaron Fox's best moves against Steph, Draymond & the Warriors! pic.twitter.com/DKv2jpbzxD
And as far as the Phoenix Suns...well, yeah I ain’t worried.