On the Spurs, who have added center Rasho Nesterovic, forward Robert Horry, and swingmen Hedo Turkoglu and Ron Mercer:
"They're better than the team that won the championship six weeks ago. Nesterovic isn't the shot blocker David Robinson was, but he runs the floor better and gives them more of a scoring presence than Robinson did last season. That—along with the perimeter shooting of Turkoglu and Mercer—will make things easier for Tim Duncan. The Kings got tougher by acquiring center Brad Miller, and the Lakers are obviously improved, but I still give the Spurs the edge over Los Angeles, because they have better chemistry and more depth."