With all the acquisitions the Los Angelas Lakers made this off-season, expect the Lakers to make some major noise in the playoffs. I don't think they will win the championship, but they will get to at least the Western Conference finals. Starting off with point guards, Steve Nash was acquired from the Phoenix Suns for draft picks in 2013 and 2015.
The Lakers got the benefit of this trade for many reasons. Nash will be the piece the Lakers need now that Fisher is long gone and help them win their next championship which will come in the next three years more likely than not. Also, Nash will be able to play a role like Brett Favre did in Green Bay but mentoring his younger players. In this case, Nash will be able to help out rookie and sophomore point guards such as Darius Morris and Darius Johnson-Odom.
On to the shooting guard position, Jodie Meeks was signed for 3 million dollars in which he will play a key role on the defensive part of the ball. Meeks is also a good three point shooter who will put up around 6-10 points per game if given the chance.
And the AL West Champion is....... the Oakland Athletics. Who would have thought that the A's would make the playoffs let alone win the division when the team was 13 games back from the Texas Rangers going in to the month of July. The A's kept swinging away and runs started to get on the scoreboard and the runners left on base started decreasing. Next thing you know the A's are stepping on the gas and never letting off. Since the all star break, Oakland is 51 and 25 and won the last six games of the season to win the AL West. That being said, what will it take for the Oakland A's to be beaten?
1. Put the ball in play: The A's are one of the worst defensive teams in the MLB with 111 errors. Best bet is to keep it away from the right side of the field because Josh Reddick has thrown out 15 runners and in the infield Jemile Weeks gets to almost every ball hit his way. On the left side of the field you have Gomes in the outfield who does not have the best range and 3rd baseman Josh Donaldson will commit an error more than anyone else on the team.
The USC Trojans (3-1, 1-1 in Pac 12) will look to get back above the 500 mark in conference play tonight as they take on the Utah Utes in Utah (2-2, 0-1 in Pac 12). USC has a solid defense as they only allow 17.3 points per game which will cause Utah, one of the worst offensive teams in the nation to sturggle.
USC quarterback Matt Barkley has come into his senior season with a lot of hype and has lived up to it throwing for 1005 yards and 12 touchdowns during the first four games of the season. Barkley has a great chance to add on to those numbers and improve his chances at the Heisman against an average Utah defense who gave up 37 points to Arizona State in their last game on September 22nd.
The Utes will be lead by senior quarterback Jon Hayes, however he has struggled throughout the season only putting the ball in the endzone four times and throwing for 467 yards. Unlike Barkley, Hayes has yet to find a go-to receiver and that has shown as the offense isn't putting up the numbers they were predicted to before the season started.