The Toronto Raptors DeMar DeRozan recast his role off the bench from Team USA’s Gold medal winning performance at the 2014 World Cup in Spain at the 2016 Rio Olympics as a highly efficient scorer on a team of All-Stars.
When the Toronto Raptors signed Atlanta Hawks big free agent DeMarre Carroll to a four-year $60 million contract last summer, they didn’t know they were getting damaged goods, but it’s deja vu as Toronto expects Carroll will be the big addition to this year’s Raptors rotation he was supposed to be last year.
Big moves that have affected the landscape of the Western conference consisted of Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan retiring, Dwight Howard leaving Houston for Atlanta, Rajon Rondo leaving Sacramento for Chicago, and the Thunder trading Serge Ibaka to Orlando. Teams in the Eastern Conference have made big improvements to their rosters.
The Western Conference went through a season in 2015-2016 where they had one team break the all-time wins record with 73. Another team won 67 games and two more teams had over 50, but none of those teams brought home the Larry O’Brien trophy. So with the defending conference champion Golden State Warriors adding some guy named Kevin Durant. Can anyone in the West keep up with them?