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New Year’s Resolutions for Every NBA Team in the Western Conference

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Los Angeles Lakers

Resolution: Push to make the Lakers THE free agency destination

LeBron James made it no secret about his desire to play with Anthony Davis a couple of weeks ago. Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard have also popped up in free agency targets for the Lakers. Leonard is unlikely, but Durant has been known to glom onto teams he thinks he can win with. Davis could join the team in two years, but guys like Jimmy Butler, Khris Middleton and Tobias Harris would all improve this team dramatically when next to LeBron. For now, the biggest thing Magic Johnson needs to do is decide who goes and who stays while LeBron goes on a league-wide recruiting spree.

 

Memphis Grizzlies

Resolution: Fix Kyle Anderson

The Grizzlies said goodbye to Tyreke Evans and hello to Kyle Anderson from the Spurs. However, Anderson has not lived up to expectations from his days playing for Gregg Popovich. In almost 30 minutes per game, Anderson is scoring just 7.8 ppg and making just 28% of his three-point shots. The Grizzlies are a team that is desperate for offense outside of Marc Gasol and Mike Conley, and with Chandler Parsons just now coming back, the Grizzlies are in a tough spot with a good and young (25 years) Anderson who is not developing the way he should.

 

Minnesota Timberwolves

Resolution: Make your record reflect your talent

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The Timberwolves are perhaps one of, if not the, most disappointing teams in the league this year. After making the playoffs last year and pulling two starters from the 76ers for a troublesome Jimmy Butler, the Timberwolves find themselves at just 17-20 so far this season. Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, Robert Covington, Derrick Rose and Jeff Teague should be better than this. KAT will be an All-Star, Covington could possibly win Defensive Player of the Year in addition to another the defensive first team, and Rose is putting up his best numbers in years and looking at a possible Sixth Man award. The Timberwolves need to figure out how to win games, because this roster is truly going to waste.

 

New Orleans Pelicans

Resolution: Convince Anthony Davis to stay

The Pelicans are about to be at a crossroad with Anthony Davis. It seems like the Celtics-Lakers rivalry is spilling over into who can snag Anthony Davis. Both teams have the assets to make a deal for a player who has been a top-3 player in the league for years, but do the Pelicans think they can keep him? Davis certainly deserves better than being ahead of only the Suns in the West, but the Pelicans have shown promise against some of the top competition in the league. Why doesn’t a star join Davis in New Orleans? If the Pelicans demonstrate they are willing to sacrifice to compete, perhaps that could keep Davis, who has stated in the past he wants to win a championship in New Orleans.

 

Oklahoma City Thunder

Resolution: Weather the Storm with Westbrook

Westbrook seemingly jumped out of his slump against Dallas the other night, but the Thunder need to be prepared for the next time he goes cold. The Thunder will lose in the playoffs if a team is able to force Westbrook into some cold shooting. Paul George needs to be ready to step up in the playoffs, where he was unable to last season. The Thunder are overall in a good position, and if this is their biggest concern, they will be fine in the regular season.

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