For some, it's tough to form an opinion about an off-season move or development without seeing the subjects first in action on the floor.
Luckily, anonymous NBA scouts do not have this problem.
Sports Illustrated's NBA writers spoke with scouts ahead of the 2016—17 season for our annual behind-the-scenes look at all 30 teams. Opposing scouts dished the good, the bad and the ugly on each team while discussing their off-season moves and outlook for the upcoming season. We granted them anonymity in exchange for their candor. They delivered.
Today, we unveil our extended scouts takes from our NBA preview issue for the Western Conference. Check back Thursday for the East.
Reporting by Ben Golliver, Rob Mahoney and Andrew Sharp.