Two weeks ago
East and West
Last year Lebron moved West, giving someone else an opportunity to step up in the Eastern conference. Kawhi was traded to Toronto and grabbed this chance with both claws.
But now Kawhi's joining Lebron in the West.
There's only three active players who've placed themselves in the all time conversation- the conversation that includes only the greatest handful of each generation- players like Jordan, Hakeem, Kobe, Shaq and Duncan.
Curry being the third.
Of the next tier of elite players, most are in the West- Harden, Westbrook, Davis, Lillard, George. In the East, after Giannis and Embiid the star quality drops off significantly. Both young guys who are yet to prove themselves in the playoffs. Durant will be 32 before he returns from his Achilles, so it remains to be seen whether he ever returns to all NBA level, or just peters out with a few more years as an All Star.
In the new power rankings 7 of the top 9 teams are Western.
My team, the Spurs would easily be a 2nd round team in the East, but another first round playoff exit is probably our best case scenario this season.
As a fan I'd prefer more evenness across the two conferences.
Why is there so much disparity and what, if anything can the NBA do about it?