Seeding in the NBA’s Western Conference is almost totally up in the air with only about two weeks to go in the regular season.
While the Golden State Warriors have clinched the top seed, eight other squads are still fighting for their position in the playoff hunt.
No matter how the seeds shake out, the West playoffs will be entertaining. The conference is very deep and several squads have the potential to represent it in the NBA Finals.
While all teams rely on many players for success, certain guys have a special potential to swing the outcome in their team’s favor. These X-factors can be star players with questionable injury statuses, role players with the potential to break out, inconsistent players and a host of other types of guys.
Let’s look at the X-factor for every Western Conference team with a realistic shot at earning a playoff spot.
For the Eastern Conference X-Factors for each playoff contender, click here.