I hear all about the Trail Blazers future. Portland is, Portland that.......How they'll be great for years to come.
Many people think the Warriors will be the team that moves down to make space for the Trailblazers.
Well, I think this is absolutely not true.
The Warriors' young talent is just as good as the Trailblazer's young talent.
Andris Biedrins is just as good as LaMarcus Aldrige, or maybe even better. Biedrins give the Warriors a person that can patrol the paint on the defensive end. Sure Biedrins is offensively limited, but he consistly puts up double-doubles. Biedrins has good hands and is good in the pick-and-roll.
Also, many people say "Greg Oden is coming back!", and that is why Portland will jump up in the standing next season. Leave Oden out of this. He is coming off surgery, and no one really knows what will happen to his athleticism. Many players are never the same after their surgeries (see Webber, Chris). Oden is also very raw and offensively limited. I just don't see him as a superstar, "impact player" that others see him to be.
What about Monta Ellis? This guy is absolutely unstoppable. He has played well enough to deserve the MIP a second time. I, personally, would rather have Monta Ellis on my time from now on then Jarrett Jack or Travis Outlaw.
And don't forget Baron "B-Diddy" Davis. This guy is averaging 22 points, 7.4 assists, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.4 steals. Baron is powerful, quick, and a great leader. Who would you want: Baron Davis or Brandon Roy? I'd take Baron every day of the week and twice on Sunday. Brandon Roy got the All-Star spot, and Baron got screwed because past coaches had grudges against him, but Baron is playing at an All-Star level.
Overall, the Warriors have just as much, if not more, potential in the future than the Trailblazers.