This offseason has seen many of the NBA's top superstars make a move from the Eastern Conference to the Western Conference.
It has put into question the current standing of the league in the Eastern Conference, which has been regarded as the weaker side for the last several years. According to Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey stated that he believes the Western Conference simply has better ownership, which has caused the power-switch.
“There are good owners in both conferences, but collectively there are better owners in the West,” Rockets general manager Daryl Morey says. “Players are getting wise to owners being an important selection criteria.”
Morey may have a valid point behind the fact that many superstars are electing to play in the West, which has impacted the league's quality of talent in the East. It may also be a shot that the owners are less willing to take an aggressive approach to improving their respective teams like the Rockets have this offseason. In fact, Houston is now on the verge of acquiring All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony to form their own Big Three. This would be yet another superstar switch from the East to West.
This has also created more competition in the Western Conference among the top tier teams that are all jocking for position behind the Golden State Warriors with the Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, and Oklahoma City Thunder all making moves this summer.
What Morey is outlining more than anything else is that teams in the Western Conference are more concerned with being successful and competitive, while splurging financial on big contracts as well.