The NBA‘s Pacific Division is not a weak one, but only its Los Angeles teams will stand above .500 when the All-Star break begins. This means there is much room for improvement.
The Clippers have taken the biggest leap forward since last season after acquiring perennial All-Star point guard Chris Paul. The team leads the division, but still needs work to become a more cohesive unit.
It’s odd to see the Lakers as the second best team in their own city, but this season that has been the case. Kobe Bryant has been carrying the team most of the way. Changes are needed on the court to help relieve the stress on Bryant.
The Golden State Warriors have been disappointing considering the amount of talent they have on their roster. Rookie head coach Marc Jackson has some moves to make if he wants his team to make a push for the playoffs.
The Sacramento Kings (10-21) and Phoenix Suns (14-19) are both at the bottom of the standings and going in different directions. The Suns have aging stars in Steve Nash and Grant Hill and need to start focusing on the future.
The Kings’ future has finally become the present. They have several high draft picks and pieces that they need to mold together if they want to start turning their losing ways around.