Kobe Bryant Can't Win It Alone: New Year's Resolutions For Every NBA Team
Every NBA team has things they need to accomplish in the New Year, whether it be improve their defense, make a trade, or even keep doing what their doing.
Here we break down all 30 NBA teams and what each of them need to commit to in the new year.
Let us know what you think. Does your team have something else they need to make their resolution?
30. Washington Wizards
Resolution: Win on the road
How They Accomplish it: The Wizards are currently 0-13 outside of Washington. They need to get something going outside of the Verizon Center. With quite a few young players, they just have a need for repetition and finding a way to relish hostile crowds is something that good teams do.
29. Sacramento Kings
Resolution: Find a point guard
How They Accomplish it: The Kings drafted Tyreke Evans with the intention that he would play the point guard position. However, he is closer to Kobe Bryant than Derrick Rose. That isn't to say Evan's can't handle the ball, but with Beno Udrih the primary lead guard, the Kings have a long way up to go from him.
Finding a new guard will probably not turn the Kings into immediate contenders, but it will at least stabilize a weak position for a young team.
28. Cleveland Cavaliers
Resolution: Find an alpha dog
How They Accomplish it: The departure of LeBron James left the Cavs without a true number one guy. I mean, don't get me wrong, Mo Williams is a good player and a solid point guard, but the Cavs do not have an elite player on the roster. There is no one who can be counted on to score 20 points a game.
Obviously, alpha dog players are not easy to find, so the Cavs might have to wait for the draft, but they could target a guy like O.J. Mayo or Richard Hamilton who could stabilize the roster and score the ball.
27. Minnesota Timberwolves
Resolution: Free Kevin Love
How They Accomplish it: The Timberwolves made the right move this off-season trading Al Jefferson and sticking with Kevin Love. Now the T'Wolves need to really unleash Kevin Love. The third year player is leading the NBA in rebounding by nearly two rebounds a game.
While Kurt Rambis is doing a good job at featuring Love, he could be doing more.
26. New Jersey Nets
Resolution: Make a move
How They Accomplish it: It's pretty simple for the Nets. The roster they have right now isn't very good. There have been rumors about the Nets trading for the Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony, but it looks like a deal isn't going to get done.
So what's the back-up plan?
The only way to change the make up of the team would be to make every player on the roster available and to cast a wide net around the league. The Nets might miss on Melo, but they could land O.J. Mayo or one of the veterans from Detroit.
25. Los Angeles Clippers
Resolution: Get Baron Davis in shape
How They Accomplish it: Coming into this season there was a lot of hope and promise that this was the Clippers team to make a leap. However, starting point guard came into the season very out of shape and as a result, the Clippers struggled.
If the Clippers can get Baron in shape, they could make a big step forward in the west.
24. Charlotte Bobcats
Resolution: Trade for a scorer
How They Accomplish it: The Bobcats have some guys that would be great pieces on championship teams. The problem is they don't have a consistent scorer to shoulder the load.
Charlotte could package Stephen Jackson and Gerald Wallace for a big time player. The only question is how good a deal could they get from those two guys.
23. Golden State Warriors
Resolution: Get healthy
How They Accomplish it: The Warriors have been killed by injuries this year. David Lee has been struggling with an infection in his elbow ever since he had Wilson Chandler's tooth embedded in his elbow after a Nov. 10 game against the Knicks.
Second year guard Stephen Curry has been slowed by an ankle injury for much of this season as well.
If both of those guys were healthy, the Warriors could be challenging for a playoff spot. So the Warriors need to rest those guys until they are completely ready to go and injury free.
22. Toronto Raptors
Resolution: Change up the defense
How They Accomplish it: The Raptors have been scoring at will on the offensive side of the ball, however they haven't been able to stop anyone from scoring on them and because of that, they are losing. I'm not entirely sure what the answer is for the Raptors defensive woes, but they need to change something up.
Maybe change up the types of defenses they run, hire a defensive assistant, or just force the players to watch film.
21. Memphis Grizzlies
Resolution: Move O.J. Mayo
How They Accomplish it: The Grizzlies have an asset that many other teams would pay a hefty price to get. Especially if Carmelo Anthony gets moved by the Nuggets, then O.J. Mayo will be in high demand.
Memphis could ship Mayo to any number of teams in the league and get quite a bit in return and for a team with many holes, that could be more beneficial than holing onto Mayo.
20. Detroit Pistons
Resolution: Move Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince
How They Accomplish it: Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince were both key parts of the 2004 NBA Championship team in Detroit. However, with the Pistons in rebuilding mode, it is time to move the two veterans to teams that would pay a hefty price.
Sure Hamilton and Prince could still be effective, but on the Pistons they would just be taking a roster spot from a guy that could develop in the future for Detroit.
19. Phoenix Suns
Resolution: Move Steve Nash
How They Accomplish it: Whether Phoenix wants to admit it or not, the Suns are in a time of rebuilding. The championship window is closed and if Steve Nash wants a ring, he needs to get it elsewhere.
Moving Steve Nash could provide to be helpful for the franchise in the long run. They could acquire a back up point guard to learn the system behind Goran Dragic. They could also fill other holes on the roster.
18. Philadelphia 76ers
Resolution: Move Andre Iguodala
How They Accomplish it: Andre Iguodala is a huge trade bait piece in the NBA right now. He has defensive prowess and can also score 20 points per game or more. The 76ers have started floating him out as a trade piece and there are plenty of teams that could use the wing.
Moving Iguodala would help fill some holes on the roster and could potentially help Philadelphia in the long run.
17. Houston Rockets
Resolution: Replace Yao Ming
How They Accomplish it: Yao Ming now has missed huge portions of the past few years of his career with foot and lower leg injuries. I guess moving around a 7-foot-6-inch body isn't that easy to do. But then again, neither is finding a center.
The Rockets are going to have a tough time replacing Yao, but that is the same as any team that loses it's central piece.
16. Milwaukee Bucks
Resolution: Find a shooting guard
How They Accomplish it: Michael Redd has been gone for some time due to injury. Instead of hoping the former Ohio State player can come back, the Bucks need to find someone else to be their go to scorer.
I don't know if the Bucks have enough pieces to pry O.J. Mayo out of Memphis, but he would be a great back court mate with Brandon Jennings.
15. Portland Trailblazers
Resolution: Shut down Brandon Roy
How They Accomplish it: Face it Blazers' fans, Brandon Roy just isn't the same player since his knee surgery a few years ago. Sure, it was courageous, but now that the Blazers' franchise player has been so badly damaged, it brings the entire future of the franchise to a clouded place.
Roy might just be getting his legs back under him, but I think the Blazers need to shut down Roy until his knee is fully healthy, which might never happen.
14. Indiana Pacers
Resolution: Keep improving
How They Accomplish it: It might sound like a simple resolution, just keep doing what you're doing, but that is all Indiana needs to do. Darren Collison and T.J. Ford has formed a good one-two punch at the point guard position. Danny Granger is a scoring machine. Even Roy Hibbert has become a solid center.
All the Pacers have to do is keep getting better at being a professional basketball team and they will find themselves not only in the playoffs, but also capable of winning a round.
13. New Orleans Hornets
Resolution: Keep Chris Paul Fresh
How They Accomplish it: Chris Paul is another guy that has been struggling with coming back from injury. The giant knee brace he is forced to wear looks uncomfortable and it looks like it might be impeding his movement.
The Hornets traded away their insurance when the shipped Darren Collison to Indiana. Now they need to by relying on Jarret Jack to spell Paul.
12. New York Knicks
Resolution: Find a scoring wing
How They Accomplish it: The Knicks missed out on LeBron James this off-season and it left a hole in the New York lineup. If the Knicks made a move for Carmelo Anthony, Andre Iguodala or O.J. Mayo it would help turn them into one of the powers in the Eastern Conference.
It will take a bit of work to get Carmelo into a Knicks jersey, but I think he ends up in New York via free agency if he doesn't get traded there.
11. Denver Nuggets
Resolution: Move Carmelo Anthony
How They Accomplish it: Quite a few teams have been rumored as trade destinations for Carmelo Anthony if the Nuggets decided to shop the forward. Whether Denver trades him or not, they will be losing Anthony at some point in the near future.
They would be smart to get something in return for the former Syracuse star rather than letting him walk for nothing in free agency.
10. Orlando Magic
Resolution: Figure out player rotations
How They Accomplish it: The Magic gave their roster a big face lift this week by acquiring Gilbert Arenas, Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu and Earl Clark via trade.
The moves obviously changed a lot of the roster, but now the Magic have to figure out how the new players fit on their roster.
9. Oklahom City Thunder
Resolution: Share the ball
How They Accomplish it: The Thunder might be one of the young up and coming teams in the league, but they among the worst teams in the league sharing the ball. Now it could be just how the team plays, but teams are at their best when the play unselfishly.
The Thunders' two young starters Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant play well together but they are also both shoot first players.
8. Atlanta Hawks
Resolution: Put Mike Bibby to bed
How They Accomplish it: Mike Bibby has started all 31 games for the Hawks this year but he averages just 10.5 points per game and just four assists. I understand that Jamal Crawford is probably at his best for the Hawks coming off the bench and he isn't really a point guard.
The Hawks need to find someone who can run the point for Atlanta that isn't Mike Bibby.
7. Utah Jazz
Resolution: Rebound the ball
How They Accomplish it: The Jazz have a solid front court, however they have struggled rebounding the ball. Al Jefferson and Paul Milsap can be good rebounders if they make a concerted effort to it.
The one area that could end up killing the Jazz is the rebounding department. If they can turn that around they could end up being a contender in the West.
6. Chicago Bulls
Resolution: Remain balanced
How They Accomplish it: Derrick Rose has to be leading in MVP consideration. He has turned the Bulls into contenders in the East despite the lack of an elite shooting guard. Now the Bulls could target someone like Andre Iguodala, but what they really need to do is remain balanced.
With Rose at the helm and head coach Tom Thibodeau pulling the strings, I think the Bulls are headed in the right direction.
5. Dallas Mavericks
Resolution: Find a successor for Jason Kidd
How They Accomplish it: While there has been a lot of excitement surrounding Rodrigue Beaubois, he isn't really the point guard needed for the Mavs. Dallas needs to find a plan for who is the next point guard is and whether he is on the roster right now.
If their next point guard isn't on the team, they need to figure out where he is.
4. Miami Heat
Resolution: Find an identity
How They Accomplish it: The biggest problem with this Miami Heat team is that they don't currently have an identity. Are they a team that is best when running? Are they at their best in the half court? Who is the alpha dog? What about player rotations?
Obviously, those are all problems that the Heat have been trying to figure out, but that is still the first thing Miami needs to address in order to improve.
3. San Antonio Spurs
Resolution: Stay fresh
How They Accomplish it: The Spurs have a chance to contend in the Western Conference. They currently have the best record in the NBA. With a veteran team that has , the biggest thing they need to work on is staying fresh.
The best chance the Spurs have at getting through the West is by worrying most about the playoffs and not about getting the top overall seed. If they are fresh for the playoffs, they have a chance against the Lakers.
2. Boston Celtics
Resolution: Get healthy
How They Accomplish it: The Celtics have had a few tough injuries this year. Rajon Rondo has been fighting an ankle injury, Shaq and Jermaine O'Neal have both been dinged up, and Kendrick Perkins is yet to play this year due to a knee injury.
Boston is one of the deepest teams in the NBA and if they are healthy, they are the best team in basketball.
1. Los Angeles Lakers
Resolution: Commit to defense
How They Accomplish it: The Lakers are the two-time defending NBA Champs, there isn't a lot that they need to change about the team or the roster, but they have struggled recently on the defensive side of the ball.
The Lakers need to make a commitment to playing tough defense for a full 48 minutes game in and game out if they hope to win in 2011.
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