With the NBA season fast approaching, we're previewing one division each day. Yesterday, we looked at the Southwest Division. Today, we'll preview the Pacific Division.

5. Los Angeles Lakers

This is a transition year for the flagship franchise of the NBA, as Kobe Bryant is not walking through the Staples Center door anytime soon. A solid young core is in place in D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, and the newly-drafted Brandon Ingram. Young teams often have to go through growing pains (especially with a rookie coach in Luke Walton) and the veterans aren't good enough to prevent the inevitable slumping.

4. Phoenix Suns

There is some good news out in the desert of Arizona, as guard Devin Booker has been tearing it up throughout Basketball circles and is widely expected to have a breakout season. This does little to help the logjam at the guard position, with Brandon Knight and a healthy Eric Bledsoe also in the fold. Meanwhile, there is very little frontcourt depth.

3. Sacramento Kings

Sacramento has the newest arena in the NBA, the Golden 1 Center, and the usual discontent to go with it. Rudy Gay wants out of Sacramento via trade or free agency at the end of the year, Ben McLemore is always in trade rumors, Ty Lawson has missed a team flight, Darren Collison is suspended for eight games for domestic violence, and DeMarcus Cousins is DeMarcus Cousins.

The Kings have a talented roster, but a troublesome temperament.

2. Los Angeles Clippers

Like many teams in the Western Conference, the Clippers are facing questions about whether their aging core is the right one to get the job done in the current NBA climate. Chris Paul is still one of the game's best point guards, Blake Griffin still has talent, DeAndre Jordan still can't hit free throws, and Jamal Crawford is still the best bench scorer in the league.

Is it enough to get over the hump?

1. Golden State Warriors

After losing in the NBA Finals, the Warriors are heavy favorites to take home the title this year. Why? Well, it helps to have reigning MVP Stephen Curry still shooting the ball at an impressive clip along with Klay Thompson, and seeing all-motor guy Draymond Green do it all.

Steve Kerr is one of the best coaches in the NBA. Oh, and in case you didn't hear, former MVP Kevin Durant joined the team this summer.

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