At the top of the mountain in the West (in the NBA, really) is Golden State.
Who has the best shot in the West to knock them off?
As one of my five bold predictions for the upcoming NBA season, I’ll put my money on the Thunder (just ahead of Houston). The reason is the Thunder can defend, and I am betting that Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and Carmelo Anthony learn to make the necessary sacrifices to win. We’ll see. Maybe Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook learn those lessons first, or better. But I’ll take my chances with the Thunder.