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Basketball by Association: 2013-14 Southwest Division NBA Season Preview

October 22nd, 2013

The NBA's most competitive from top to bottom, the Southeast Division looks tougher than ever for 2013-14.

Near the floor, (there really is no basement here), the New Orleans Pelicans and Dallas Mavericks underwent some pretty massive offseason roster changes. Will the respective young guns or old hands get into the playoff fringe? Whoever first discovers their chemistry and ensures real depth is likely to have the upper hand.

The Memphis Grizzlies always seem to be overlooked, but they're sure things for the postseason due to their stellar starting five, gritty style and improved depth. Is it all enough to stave off their rivals in the conference arms race?

What to make then of the new-fangled Houston Rockets? Flush with talent, a high ceiling and just as many questions, they're prime competitors for whatever the Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs have previously owned outright. Yet every time one questions the Spurs, they outpace expectations and remain a contender. So who ensures they can do it again?

NBA National Featured Columnist Dan Favale joins assistant editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes for the latest episode of Basketball by Association.

We'll preview the key storylines for the entire division while predicting the outcome and final standings, and we're especially interested to hear your take on the situation in the comments section!


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