Re-Ranking the NBA's Western Conference Hierarchy

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Re-Ranking the NBA's Western Conference Hierarchy
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In the NBA, expecting the unexpected is both encouraged and impossible.

Especially in the Western Conference.

The Eastern Conference's counterpart always seems to be a bit more chaotic—in a good way. The West is laden with so much talent and potential underdogs turned powerhouses that it never ceases to captivate the masses.

This season has been no exception.

We came into the 2012-13 crusade believing that the Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder would dominate, that the Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs would win some and teams like the Memphis Grizzlies and Denver Nuggets would be left to fight for whatever prominence remained.

Well, to call the inaugural outlook on the West's power structure wrong would be an understatement. 

What we thought we knew, we actually didn't. What we didn't know became fact.

And now, we're left to scour the mess of performances and attempt to provide some clarity in a conference where the dust never settles.

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