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The Tribune’s 2012-13 NBA Preview
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Southwest Division

Best team: San Antonio Spurs

At a glance

The Salt Lake Tribune’s division-by-division NBA picks:

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

1. New York

2. Boston

3. Brooklyn

4. Philadelphia

5. Toronto

Central Division

1. Indiana

2. Chicago

3. Cleveland

4. Milwaukee

5. Detroit

Southeast Division

1. Miami

2. Atlanta

3. Washington

4. Orlando

5. Charlotte


Southwest Division

1. San Antonio

2. Dallas

3. Memphis

4. Houston

5. New Orleans

Northwest Division

1. Oklahoma City

2. Denver

3. Utah

4. Minnesota

5. Portland

Pacific Division

1. L.A. Lakers

2. L.A. Clippers

3. Golden State

4. Sacramento

5. Phoenix

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Best player: Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks

Best acquisition: Anthony Davis, Hornets

Sleeper: Memphis

Don’t worry about: New Orleans

In a nutshell: In case you’re wondering, the veteran Spurs aren’t going anywhere. Yes, they struggled in the playoffs against athletic Oklahoma City. But as long as Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are coached by Gregg Popovich, it would be silly to dismiss San Antonio as contenders. … Dallas failed to sign prime target Deron Williams, but the Mavs reloaded quickly by acquiring O.J. Mayo, Elton Brand, Darren Collison and Chris Kaman. … Game 7 losses in the 2011 and 2012 playoffs make it easy to overlook them, but the Grizzlies can turn this a three-team division race.

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