I said it in the old thread and I'll say it again here: OKC is the future of the league, not Miami. But, they're at least 1 year away from being the best team out West and more probably 2 or 3 [I'm thinking 2]. However, people seem to forget about Portland. I don't like that they moved Webster and Outlaw 'cause both provided an awful lot, but they brought in Matthews and still have some major pieces. Brandon Roy is one of the top 5 guards in the league and is coming off an injury plagued season. Expect a big year.
If Oden can ever be on the court for longer than it takes for him to break a bone they'll be a serious challenge to the future OKC dynasty. Yes, Miami has 3 of the top 20 players in the L but they have no depth, little defensive size [Big Z does not count], unkown chemistry and only one ball. I'm really interested to see how they gel.
As of now I don't even have them coming out of the East. Having said all that the Lakers are still the team to beat, and they still have the best player of our generation who's coming off of TWO injury riddled seasons where they still won the chip. He spent the off-season getting healthy. Bynum needs to get [and stay] healthy and they have to work in the new pieces but I like their odds. A healthy and motivated Kobe Bryant - even one who's 32 - is really dangerous. Lakers over Magic in 6.