Sizing Up Golden State Warriors Against the Rest of the NBA's Pacific Division

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Sizing Up Golden State Warriors Against the Rest of the NBA's Pacific Division
Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

It's been a long time since the Golden State Warriors took home the NBA's Pacific Division crown.

So long, in fact, that no current Warrior player was even born when the Dubs last won it in 1976. But after the roster upgrades the Warriors made this past offseason, Golden State is poised to feature its best, most balanced lineup in decades.

Andrew Bogut will be in the middle, giving the Dubs a legitimate center and defensive anchor. The bench is deep and versatile, with Brandon Rush, Carl Landry and Jarrett Jack expected to make significant contributions. And rookie Harrison Barnes should be able to help right away at small forward.

With a returning core that features players either in their primes (Stephen Curry and David Lee) or on the upswing (Klay Thompson), the Warriors are set to compete. No longer will the Warriors have to rely on gimmick offenses and unconventional lineups. The 2012-13 version of the Dubs is built to win the right way—with defense, ball movement and clearly defined roles for every player on the roster.

But the Warriors aren't the only Pacific Division team with a new look.

The L.A. Lakers made changes of their own, adding Steve Nash and Dwight Howard to a roster that already featured All-Star mainstays Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol.

And the L.A. Clippers tinkered with their roster, bringing Lamar Odom back to Los Angeles and gaining some veteran experience by signing defensive stalwart Grant Hill and the gritty Matt Barnes.

The Sacramento Kings are an individually talented, but utterly disorganized mess. They'll still be hard to ignore, though, as most train wrecks are. And the Phoenix Suns pushed the reset button after losing Steve Nash, bringing in four new potential starters.

The landscape in the Pacific Division has transformed substantially over the last couple of months. Here's how the Warriors stack up against the changing faces of their division opponents.

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