In this episode of "Basketball by Association," NBA assistant editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes are joined by lead writer Josh Martin to sort out the biggest storylines, questions and predictions in the division.
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How quickly can the Lakers get fully healthy? How long will it take before all their new pieces come together into the contender EVERYONE is expecting them to be?
Can the L.A. Clippers acclimate their new bench while taking the next step as a legit playoff threat?
Will the young Golden State Warriors avoid the injury bug AND live up to all the hype generated by their most positive offseason in recent memory?
How can the Phoenix Suns' brand-new starting five overcome the loss of an all-time franchise great and a second unit that's in flux?
The Sacramento Kings finished last in the division last season and then made the least offseason moves of anyone in the Pacific. Will natural development and maturation be enough to move them out of the cellar?
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