Most of the teams in the league have solidified all of the changes to their rosters, and as free agency wraps up, they are now focused on next season. It may be a little early to speculate about the outcome of next season, but many teams have improved this offseason and are looking to win their divisions and clinch one of the top three seeds in either conference.
Starting with the Western Conference, these are my top three seeds.
1- Spurs. If the Spurs can remain healthy like they have done such a good job of, then I don't see any team taking the top seed in the conference away from them. They are the defending champions, and their roster is just as deadly as it was last season.
2- L.A. Clippers. The Clippers were on the brink of stealing the second seed from the Thunder last season, and I believe that they will finally put it all together and finish with a better record than the Thunder.
3- Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder have been a model of consistency these last couple of seasons in the Western Conference, but I don't think that they will do better than the Clippers this season, even with the league's reigning MVP.
Outside looking in- Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks made some incredible improvements to their roster this offseason, and might give the Spurs a run for their money in the southwest conference, but I still don't think they crack the top three spots.
Now, on to the Eastern Conference.
1- Chicago Bulls. The Bulls made some small improvements to their roster, but the biggest change next season will be the presence of a hopefully healthy Derrick Rose. If they remain healthy, the Bulls are the deepest team in the Eastern Conference.
2- Cleveland Cavaliers. Besides the huge addition of LeBron James, the Cavaliers have a young group of promising players, and I think that they will make a second-half surge to snag the second seed in the East.
3- Washington Wizards. The Wizards have been an up and coming team in the East the last couple of seasons, and with Miami's loss this offseason, I think that the Wizards will take the Southeast division.
Outside looking in- Indiana Pacers. The Pacers will have their hands full with trying to keep up with the Bulls in the Central division, and unless they figure out what went wrong in the playoffs, they will be lucky to be as high as the fourth seed.