NBA

2015 NBA Western Conference: Race for 8th Seed

2015 NBA Western Conference: Race for 8th Seed

2015 NBA Western Conference

The NBA Western Conference has always been more competitive, and the 2014-2015 season is no exception. With only 7 games separating the 8th seed Oklahoma City Thunder from the 3rd seed Houston Rockets, the entire West is still wide open. Every team in the West tried to make some big moves over the All-Star break to push themselves above the competition, but some teams seem to have hurt themselves more than helped—for example, the Phoenix Suns.

The race for the 8th playoff spot in the West has been fierce all season: the Oklahoma City Thunder have been reduced to the 8th spot due to reigning MVP Kevin Durant’s foot injury, while the Phoenix Suns and New Orleans Pelicans have been fighting to stay in the hunt. Although it was recently announced that Durant would be missing another week or two of action, the Thunder have basically won the competition for the final spot in the postseason by their trades before the NBA Trade Deadline.

The Thunder made a couple of big moves before the deadlines, bringing in Enes Kanter and Steve Novak from the Utah Jazz and D.J. Augustin from the Detroit Pistons. By adding a real big man like Kanter to the roster, the Thunder should have no problem winning even in the absence of Durant.

The Suns were doing a good job of keeping up with the Thunder up to the All-Star break, but by losing Goran Dragic to the Miami Heat they lost any chance of going to the playoffs along with him.

The New Orleans Pelicans had also done a great job of staying around .500 thus far; but with Anthony Davis set to miss up to two more weeks, Ryan Anderson out for as much as a month, and Jrue Holiday being set back three more weeks in his recovery the Pels can kiss any chance of their first playoff berth since trading away Chris Paul goodbye.

With just under half of the season left, the Thunder, Suns, and Pelicans will all give their final push for that last playoff spot. It’ll be interesting to see where they end up come the end of the regular season.

NBA
@chrismaurice

Chris covers everything NBA, NFL and NCAA with his weekly recaps, highlights and anything else he thinks you'll want to know about and more than likely things you don't want to hear about your favorite team. His take no prisoners opinion gets some fans worked up, but that's because he's almost always right.

More in NBA

Rockets Patrick Beverley wants more NBA control over fans 2017 images

Rockets Patrick Beverley wants more NBA control over fans

Chris MauriceApril 24, 2017
knicks unprofessional timeline for kristaps porzingis trade rumors 2017 images

Knicks unprofessional timeline for Kristaps Porzingis trade rumors

Chris MauriceApril 17, 2017
los angles clippers woes continue with jazz 2017 images

Los Angeles Clippers woes continue with Jazz

Chris MauriceApril 17, 2017
phil jackson pulls welcome mat out from under carmelo anthony 2017 images

Phil Jackson pulls welcome mat out from under Carmelo Anthony

Chris MauriceApril 15, 2017
tracy mcgrady vindicated by pro basketball hall of fame 2017 selection images

Tracy McGrady vindicated by Pro basketball Hall of Fame 2017 selection

Chris MauriceApril 9, 2017
boston celtics keeping lead on cleveland cavaliers 2017 images

Boston Celtics keeping lead on Cleveland Cavaliers

Chris MauriceApril 3, 2017
devin booker 70 points doesn't help suns against celtics 2017 images

Devin Booker’s 70 points doesn’t help Suns against Celtics

Chris MauriceMarch 27, 2017
how bad is lonzo balls father lavar hurting his nba future 2017 images

How bad is Lonzo Ball’s father LaVar hurting his NBA future?

Chris MauriceMarch 21, 2017
doc rivers hating nba back to back scheduling 2017 images

Doc Rivers hating NBA back to back scheduling

Chris MauriceMarch 19, 2017

Subscribe to our Daily Newsletter

You will only receive one per day. You'll also get a free THE WALKING DEAD graphic novel with your subscription