Summary of “The Upcoming Western Conference Playoff Race Could Be the Best in Years”

The Western Conference will have a lot of unhappy teams at the end of this season.
What the conference does have is an extremely large middle class and a swell of teams hungry to get out of the basement.
10 seeds last season, and the five teams that finished at the bottom of the conference are all trying to accelerate their rebuilding processes.
The Jazz have Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert under team control for at least three more seasons, while LeBron doesn’t have an option in his contract with the Lakers until Year 4.
There just aren’t enough spots in the middle of the conference for every team that needs to crack the top eight.
The question is whether these moves will be enough to keep Davis happy, since he has only two years left on his deal and has won one playoff series in seven seasons in New Orleans.
Even the Bad Teams Expect to Be Good Memphis won only 22 games last season, but it’s still holding on to the glory days of the Grit ‘n’ Grind era for as long as it can.
The Wild Cards There are two teams in the West that don’t fit easily into any of the first three categories, and both should be competitive next season, barring a fire sale.

The orginal article.