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Champion Warriors sure to get test from retooled Clippers

Pacific Division 2015-16 Preview

POSTED: Oct 13, 2015 10:54 AM ET

By Scott Howard-Cooper

BY Scott Howard-Cooper

NBA.com

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PACIFIC DIVISION

The defending champions and the reigning MVP reside in the Pacific Division, which in itself makes the Left Coast a must watch. Except it's not just about seeing what the Warriors and Stephen Curry do for an encore. The Clippers are in the Pacific, and they're never boring. The Suns could push into the postseason as an exciting storyline or be a disappointment, making them interesting either way. And DeMarcus Cousins with the Kings and Kobe Bryant with the Lakers -- just try turning away.

DIVISION PREDICTION

1) Warriors*
2) Clippers*
3) Suns*
4) Kings
5) Lakers

* Playoff teams

SUPERLATIVES

Team on Rise: Golden State Warriors -- Most of the core hasn't peaked yet.

Team on Decline: None -- The Warriors and Clippers are among the best in the West, the Suns are holding somewhere in the middle, the Kings and Lakers will improve.

Top Player: Stephen Curry -- Others have a case -- Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, DeMarcus Cousins -- but Curry has delivered in a special way.

Top Coach: Doc Rivers -- But Steve Kerr and George Karl are right there.

Coach on Hot Seat: Doc Rivers -- Not from the front office, but it's time to get past the second round.

Top Rookie: D'Angelo Russell, Los Angeles Lakers -- The No. 2 pick will make the Lakers better with passing and shooting.

-- Scott Howard-Cooper