Dec 14, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green (14) dribbles the ball up court with forward Kawhi Leonard (2) and forward Tim Duncan (21) in the third quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center. The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Denver Nuggets 99-91. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
With NBA training camps opening in roughly two weeks, we continue summarizing what exactly happened this summer with the Southwest Division
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Dubbed as the NBA’s best division, the Southwest featured all of its five teams in the playoffs last season.
The San Antonio Spurs, who were upset by the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the playoffs, added LaMarcus Aldridge and David West. The Houston Rockets added Ty Lawson. As both of those teams got significantly stronger, the Pelicans and Grizzlies stood pat – while the Dallas Mavericks took a step back.
Despite all that, it’s expected for the Southwest Division to still be one of the most competitive in the NBA. And the race for first – between the Spurs and Rockets – should be a classic quest to the finish.
Here’s a look at the changes each team made this offseason, as well as a look at the good and bad based on the current lineup.
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