In today's NBA, building for the future is as important as competing for championships immediately. Through solid drafting and savvy roster shuffling, some teams have put themselves on the right path for the next few years.
This summer has the potential to swing the fortunes of a number of franchises. With a loaded draft that includes the likes of Duke's Jabari Parker, Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart as well as Kansas' Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins, this year's lottery could provide teams with superstars to build around.
Meanwhile, in free agency, names such as Luol Deng (Cleveland Cavaliers) and possibly Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) could be finding new addresses. Even restricted free agents like Greg Monroe (Detroit Pistons) and Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz) might be on the move.
To make this list, these teams must meet one or more of the following parameters:
- Have a potential star currently on the roster and the pieces to build around him
- Are set up well with cap space and/or future draft picks
- Have the potential to be better than they are right now
Now, some of these teams are contenders that can move up the ranks down the road, while the others are currently in the midst of a promising rebuild. Teams currently among the top spots were left out of consideration since they are already in a position these other teams aspire to be.
As always, reader participation is encouraged. If there are any teams you respectfully disagree with or if there is a franchise that was left off you'd like to make an argument for, feel free to let yourself be heard in the comments section.