Our 2014 daily fantasy basketball preview believes the Pacific Division will be tough as nails.
Let me say from the start, I love the Suns. Disclaimers aside though, losing Channing Frye was huge for this team that relied upon his floor spacing to generate offense. There is simply no reasonable facsimile for his loss, which means the team will be relying heavily upon Markieff Morris. As much as it pains me to say it, the backcourt situation looks untenable at the moment. Playing time is crowded, and if I had to guess, Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe will both be fine.
Golden State Warriors
Golden State returns the same starting five from last season, and hopefully this season they will find a way to be more offensively efficient given their plethora of firepower. I donâ€™t foresee that being an issue, as new head coach Steve Kerr represents an immediate upgrade. For as much potential as they have, I find it hard to trust anyone not named Stephen Curry though.
Los Angeles Lakers
Things are going to get far worse in Tinseltown before they get better, and I canâ€™t think of anything more entertaining than watching Kobe Bryant enraged, night in and night out. All of the starters have potential value, but coach Byron Scott seems dead set on limiting his teamâ€™s upside by any means necessary. Wait and see how things shake out in LA before you go overboard rostering their sub-par starters.
The real issue with the Kings is that their management thinks theyâ€™re getting better, when in fact this team has a real shot at competing for worst record in the NBA. Darren Collison is a clear downgrade to Isaiah Thomas, Ben McLemore looks like a bust, and Rudy Gay has been doing Bad Rudy things in the preseason. DeMarcus Cousins should be the only fantasy relevant option you consider rostering.
Los Angeles Clippers
Itâ€™s been a wild ride for the Clippers over the last two seasons, but this much is for certain-Blake Griffin has ascended onto the level of superstar. Chris Paul is still the anchor, but Griffin is now the face of the franchise. I actually think the offseason addition of Spencer Hawes will be huge for them in real life, but it remains to be seen whether or not he receives big minutes. Matt Barnes and J.J. Redick could be both be surprising sources of value given their major roles.