The Lakers won yet another NBA Title, and now, everyone is looking forward—as they should. LeBron, Bosh, and D-Wade have been the biggest news, but lets take a look at some teams that could do some damage next year.
Houston, with Aaron Brooks, Yao Ming returning, Trevor Ariza, Shane Battier, and possibly Luis Scola, could be one of the more talented teams in the west—if they can stay healthy.
Chicago, with Derrick Rose, newly acquired Carlos Boozer, rising star Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, Taj Gibson, Brad Miller, and sharp shooter Kyle Korver, may have missed out on the King, but they obviously can do without one.
Lastly, the Oklahoma City Thunder. Is this right? The Newly created Thunder are already making noise? Well they have the most promising young talent by Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Jeff Green, a solid center by Nenad Kristic, James Harden, and another promising prospect by the name of Serge Ibaka.
This may be a group of very inexperienced young men, but haven't they shown that this aspect of their team is more of a positive then negative?
In this years NBA Playoffs, they showed the World that they deserved to be in the playoffs and though they barely lost to the NBA Champions of the world, they proved their point that they could play.
The Thunder's greatest strength is usually a teams biggest weakness—age. Because this team is only a couple years old, their players can obviously handle the limelight with no trouble at all.
The Thunder may be the most athletic team in the NBA, and the sky's the limit for these young players, especially Durant and Ibaka. Everybody already knows what Durant can do and will do but people may have overlooked Serge Ibaka from the Republic of the Congo.
Serge Ibaka is the third youngest sibling among 18 children. We can all rule out that it was a normal life for young Ibaka. What people may not know is that he had basketball in his blood. His father and mother both played for their national teams. Serge's father played for the Republic of Congo, while his mother played for the Democratic of Congo.
Ibaka was the 24th pick of the 2008 NBA Draft, but due to legal reasons, he had to play in Europe for a year or so and just last year, the Thunder payed the buy out and Serge Ibaka then became a Oklahoma City Thunder member.
Now the thing about Ibaka that surprised me the most was his athleticism at his size. Ibaka is roughly 6-10, meaning he is probably 6-9 but that doesn't take anything away from his sky high potential. Ibaka is a defensive minded player that isn't afraid to get his hands dirty. He is a talented garbage man if you will. That's why the sky is the limit for this young man. Ibaka has potential and he hustles.
Ibaka was one of the few who could some-what slow down Kobe in the playoffs. With Artest now on the Lakers it seemed that they weren't many who could. The only other name that comes to mind is Shane Battier of the Houston rockets.
With the type of the players the Thunder have, they should do nothing less than impress, but that's not always a given. As long as the young bodies can continue to stay healthy, this team could be dangerous. They are arguably the longest team in the NBA and the most athletic. When a team has defensive ability and has a player named Kevin Durant, the scoring champion of this years season, this Thunder team may be the most dangerous for the Lakers in the west next year.
Keep it up Oklahoma, you are the reasons why people love watching the game of basketball, just don't try and take the ring from the Lake Show.