Choppin’ It Up: Episode 11 – The NBA Conferences
During last week’s segment of Choppin’ It Up with Adrian Square Garden, It was all Westbrook, Westbrook, Westbrook. The week following that podcast, my articles consisted of even more Westbrook as a I developed somewhat of a series trilogy to the absolute tear the 4 time all-star has been on. On this weeks Choppin’ It Up, I take a step back to review the overall standings of the NBA conferences. With roughly 15 games left in the 82 game season, there is a lot to speculate, I go deep into essentially every teams pro’s and con’s. The teams consisted of the squads who would make the playoffs had the season ended today.
I started off with the eastern conference, and actually took the unique approach in starting at the very bottom of the standings…the very bottom. As of March 14th, the beloved New York Knicks are mathematically out of playoff contention, and I couldn’t be happier. With Phil Jackson mentioning they will not be rebuilding through the draft, but with free agency and trading, I’m left to assume that if we get a top 3 pick that another team will be extremely interested in giving us a huge asset in return for the likes of a Jahlil Okafor or a Karl-Anthony Towns. Of course I get into the tight race for the 8th seed between Charlotte, Boston, Miami, and maybe even Brooklyn and who I believe would eventually prevail.
Moving on to the powerhouse that is known as the western conference, I express how confident I am that the Warriors and Grizzlies will hold firm with the top 2 seeds. I mention how I feel seeds 3-5 can easily fluctuate by the end of the season as well. As far as that coveted 8th seed…I got OKC all the way. As fun as it is to watch what “The Brow” has done, the Pelicans as a whole cannot do as much damage to the Warriors as the Thunder can. Let’s be real, Steph Curry and co. want nothing to do with the reigning MVP and present MVP candidate (Russell) in a 7 game series. Nothing.