5 NBA Teams with the Brightest Futures
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What a crazy few weeks it has been for the NBA!
From cancelled trades to unexpected free agent signings, the NBA offseason has been nothing short of exciting to watch. Most of the fun has been guessing how the Dwight Howard and Chris Paul fiascoes will play out.
However, with all these rumored Super Star teams beginning to form, fans tend to forget about the "old school" organizations, who have built their teams through the draft.
These are the squads that will dominate for years, as they are relatively young teams with tons of raw talent.
So without further ado, here are my top five teams geared for the future.
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The Indiana Pacers may be on a rise to dominance in the Eastern Conference, as they have not been in contention since the days of Reggie Miller, Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson.
The Pacers, obviously, have a very bright future with point guard Darren Collison, small forward Paul George, and center Roy Hibbert leading the way.
While examining the Pacer's roster, one can obviously see that general manager David Morway has established a team filled with young talent. From George Hill to Tyler Hansbrough, this team has enough depth to declare the Eastern Conference as their own in a couple of years.
One of the most underrated moves, I believe, in the entire NBA was David Morway's acquisition of David West. The former Hornet is a fantastic blue-collar worker and role model that could teach this young Pacer team how to be dominant.
However, this team's success is dependent on Roy Hibbert and Darren Collison and how much they improve from year to year.
Golden State Warriors
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The Golden State Warriors have finally caught onto the idea of making smart roster decisions, instead of going after every overpaid star they see.
With this new change in their philosophy, the Warriors have a plethora of young talent, especially at the guard position. Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis and Dorell Wright headline this group, as they all had successful seasons last year.
However, the talent doesn't stop there, as rookies shooting guard Klay Thompson and center Jeremy Tyler are expected to have fantastic seasons, along with sophomore power forward Ekpe Udoh.
However, the Warriors do have a huge need at center after losing on the DeAndre Jordan sweepstakes. Despite their high-tempo playing style, one of the major reasons for the Warriors sub-par season was the absence of a big man post presence.
Trading Monta Ellis could solve this problem, as Ellis and Curry have never been that compatible with each other on the court. Monta Ellis will probably bring in a quality big man like Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol.
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If there is one team that is going to dominate the Eastern Conference in a few years it is the Washington Wizards. Led by the phenom John Wall, this young Washington Wizards team has a bright future ahead of them.
The Wizards already have most of their pieces together; they just have to develop as a team. JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche provide a consistent post-prescence, while draft picks Chris Singleton and Jan Vesely have the potential to blossom into stars. Vesely is known as a high-flyer and has drawn comparisons to Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin. Chris Singleton, on the other hand, is known for his stifling defense and athletic ability.
But in the end, this team only goes as far as John Wall takes him.
Los Angeles Clippers
This Los Angeles franchise is completely centered around the high-flying, awe-inspiring, versatile Blake Griffin. After averaging 22 points per game last season, the former first overall pick has solidified himself as a star.
However, the players around him are not too shabby either. Recently acquired Chris Paul is a spectacular point guard and a great leader. Not only is he a fantastic complement to Griffin's playing style, but he takes pressure off the big man in the middle.
Plus, with the emerging center DeAndre Jordan, whom they just signed, and sophomore Eric Bledsoe, this squad has the opportunity of becoming the best team in Los Angeles.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook
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Oklahoma City Thunder General Manager Sam Presti has perfectly set up the groundwork for a dynasty.
Does the team have a star player?
Yes, Kevin Durant's stock is rising by the second.
Does the team have a second star?
You bet! Russell Westbrook has emerged as a top-five point guard in this league.
Does the team have complementary pieces?
They possess an abundance of talent outside Durant and Westbrook including fantastic playmaker James Harden.
Does the team have a post presence?
They have two fantastic big men in Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka.
Not only does this team have all the pieces to become a legendary organization, but they have done it in a time span of only three years.
From star players Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to marksman Daequan Cook, this team could compete for a championship this season.
Look out NBA because the Oklahoma City Thunder are ready to dominate.