The 2012 NBA playoffs are nearly over. So let’s look ahead to the 2013 playoffs. It’s never too early, right?
The Oklahoma City Thunder are one of the youngest teams in NBA history to make it to the Finals. Their four best players are all under age 24, and they are all under contract for next season at least. Clearly, the Thunder will be around for awhile and will have a chance to make it to the Finals for the second year in a row.
But what other youthful squads will be able to make that jump from good to elite? It isn’t easy to do. Getting young, and at times, immature players to play like seasoned veterans is nearly impossible, but that’s what it takes to reach the pinnacle of NBA stardom.
Here are five young teams that could reach the 2013 NBA Finals.