A conference in need of Lakers Rules.
1. L.A. Lakers
Group 2: Legit 'If It Weren't for the Lakers' Teams
2. Dallas Mavericks
3. San Antonio Spurs
5. Portland Trail Blazers
6. Oklahoma City Thunder
Group 4: Playoff Contenders
7. Utah Jazz
8. Houston Rockets
9. Memphis Grizzlies
11. L.A. Clippers
13. Golden State Warriors
Group 6: LMAO!
15. Minnesota Timberwolves
There's a world of difference between each group and that gap gets smaller as you go down the list.
Unlike the East, everyone in a Group 1 with the Mavericks and Spurs would not be interchangeable. The Lakers are the only legit title contenders in the West, in a class of their own in the West.
The Mavericks and Spurs look about equal, maybe interchangeable as the season goes on. The Mavericks are more likely to enter Group 1 and the Spurs are more likely to fall, but both could be powerful or irrelevant in the playoffs.
Group 4 isn't awful. They're all probably less powerful than the Hawks and Bucks, but miles ahead of the teams contending for the East's #7 and #8 seeds. The Hornets are at the bottom and probably won't make the playoffs, but they should keep things interesting enough to legitimately fight for the #8 seed.
Group 5 would be overachieving to seriously contend for a playoff spot. As bad as the Kings are, with ten teams in front of this bunch and all four teams to break that Axiom of 25, they'll be so close that one or two will seem to be in contention for a spot. The order within this group is basically the team most likely to be that team. The top three in this group are definitely in the same class, if not better, that Group 3.
I won't do these weekly, maybe bi-weekly, more likely monthly.