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thekmp211
07-23-2009, 01:42 PM
For next season and beyond? It seems to me that there are a lot of teams with some potentially great young cores.

Thunder:

Durant, Westbrook, Green, Harden, Sefolosha, Livingston and DJ White.

Clippers:

Griffin, Gordon, Thorton, Jordan and Craig Smith.

Nets:

Harris, Lee, T-Will, Yi, Lopez, CDR.

Warriors:

Curry, Ellis, Randolph, Wright, Biedrins.

Timberwolves:

Rubio (hopefully), Flynn, Love, Jefferson, Brewer and Ellington.


Which of those cores do you think has the brightest future? Which do you think is most likely to lure a superstar?

For the first question, I would lean towards the Thunder with the Clippers just behind. Durant could be a top 5 player next year, while Westbrook and Green will both make strides after their excellent seasons last year. I'd probably pick the Clips if they weren't the Clippers. I like the Nets too, especially because that team plus a, oh say LeBron James, would be special. Harris/Lee backcourt will be one of the best very soon.

Thoughts?

PBG
07-23-2009, 01:46 PM
they all have good futures. but id have to go with OKC , only cause durant is an effin boss

Iron24th
07-23-2009, 01:46 PM
Portland is good actually and has a bright future if Roy,Aldridge and co stay.

But I have to choose one on your list,so I choose OKC.

what54!?
07-23-2009, 01:47 PM
I got the thunder because Durant already is and will be more of a beast and the clippers are cursed

JWO35
07-23-2009, 01:48 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder

thekmp211
07-23-2009, 01:52 PM
Portland is good actually and has a bright future if Roy,Aldridge and co stay.

But I have to choose one on your list,so I choose OKC.



Totally agree, I just think they're a little further along than these teams.

Roy, Aldridge, Oden, Outlaw, Fernandez ect. is definitely a solid core. I'd love for them to add David Lee, he'd be great alongside Oden and Aldridge.

Spencesc11
07-23-2009, 02:04 PM
Monta Ellis and Biedrens are already great players. Randolph is developing nicely. So if Brandan Wright and Steph Curry produce at all this is a great young core and they have the style of play that suits them as well. This group could keep Nelson around longer than he thought.

OKC is a nice team but still many holes and no dominant big man. All great teams have solid bigs and this is a huge whole on this team. Would like to see them move Jeff Green and a veteran for Boozer. This would give them the balance they need.

iHolden
07-23-2009, 02:09 PM
OKC with Durant cannot go wrong if they dont make the playoffs this year (09-10) then I gurantee next. (in the 10-11 season)

YankeeFan89
07-23-2009, 02:10 PM
wow tough list.

Diggy_2
07-23-2009, 02:12 PM
the bulls should be on that list

Rose,Noah,Deng,JamesJohnson, and Tyrus

UofA
07-23-2009, 02:13 PM
OKC and Golden State

Giants-49ers-Ws
07-23-2009, 02:13 PM
For next season and beyond? It seems to me that there are a lot of teams with some potentially great young cores.

Warriors:

Curry, Ellis, Randolph, Wright, Biedrins.

Being a Warriors fan and watching them every game I can say that is it is very unsure whether brandan wright will be part of our future..yes he has potential but has many flaws in his game and needs to beef up..he's not a real power forward and doesn't have much of an offensive game at least yet..

Curry and Ellis will be very entertaining but not be able to guard anyone and we don't know if either can be a true point guard...i think in a year or two we could see one of them, hopefully Curry (if we trade one) packaged for a Power Forward...leaving Monta as the Point and opening up the starting shooting guard spot to Anthony Morrow..and if he fails Marco Belinelli and Kelenna Azubuike will get their chance...but this team is still a few years down the road as Stephen Jackson and Corey Maggette will both be eating up minutes for the next 4 years barring trades

Diggy_2
07-23-2009, 02:15 PM
i think im gonna go with the Thunder Durant is going to be good and Westbrook will be good also Harden if he get good minutes

Hellcrooner
07-23-2009, 02:18 PM
nets superstars can stand brooklyn.

ronaldsmith_86
07-23-2009, 02:18 PM
Even though they aren't on the list i would have to say the Blazers

J_M_B
07-23-2009, 02:19 PM
Oklahoma City Thunders are going to be real good in the near future. They have arguably the best young core in the NBA (Durant, Westbrook, Harden, Green, Livingston, White)

Giants-49ers-Ws
07-23-2009, 02:21 PM
I really like the Blazers future with Roy & Aldridge..rudy fernandez is a nice piece as is pryzbila (though he is 29 years old)....oden could still be decent...bayless, batum, webster, outlaw are solid

BenFrank
07-23-2009, 02:22 PM
The blazers would be my 1st option... OKC would be my 2nd

ronaldsmith_86
07-23-2009, 02:23 PM
But outta the choices im torn between thunder and warriors

slaker619
07-23-2009, 02:24 PM
Okc

ChinChillaTommy
07-23-2009, 02:33 PM
The Knicks because Lebron is coming soon.

Just accept it.

posner08
07-23-2009, 02:34 PM
C- Mullens
PF- Green
SF- Durant
SG- Harden
PG- Westbrook

if that starting 5 works out, then my god..

Giants-49ers-Ws
07-23-2009, 02:34 PM
Oklahoma City, Portland, Golden State are my top 3 with the brightest futures..but given warriors management im not going to hold my breath on things working out...also memphis could be pretty good in a few years (conley, mayo, gay, gasol, thabeet)

thekmp211
07-23-2009, 02:38 PM
The Knicks because Lebron is coming soon.

Just accept it.


Idk man if I were LBJ and my boy Jay-Z really wanted me to join his team that's about to move into NYC...and then I looked at who I was playing with?

Harris, Lee, Williams, Yi, Lopez, CDR >> Robinson (if he stays) Lee (if he stays) Chandler, Gallinari, Hill and Douglas.

Unless Gallinari and at least one of those two rookies proves to be a sure-fire stud.


I'm also surprised no one likes the Wolves' chances. Flynn, Rubio, Love and Jefferson sounds like a pretty dangerous inside-outside. If they could turn one of the rooks into a legit center, plus a wing I think they're pretty much set.

tp13baby
07-23-2009, 02:42 PM
Portland then okc.

but the northwest division will be the best in 3 years imo.

Denver
Utah
Portland
Okc
Minnesota

if each team reaches its potential 4 teams could win it. but portland and denver imo are the best in the division.

zambo4president
07-23-2009, 02:43 PM
Where`s the Bulls at? We definitely are up there. I also think the Nets and Thunder look very dangerous. Warriors wont be bad either.

Brooklyn Mets
07-23-2009, 02:48 PM
Thunder

thekmp211
07-23-2009, 02:48 PM
Bulls:

Noah, Thomas, Deng, Rose, Johnson.

Grizzlies:

Conley, Mayo, Gay, Thabeet, Gasol, Arthur

probably should have included those two along with the Blazers.

IBleedPurple
07-23-2009, 02:49 PM
OKC, followed by Portland

HoopsMachine
07-23-2009, 02:52 PM
I would throw Memphis in that discussion too. They have Conley, Mayo, Gay, and now Thabeet.

blazerman
07-23-2009, 05:03 PM
Somehow I find myself always pulling for Minnesota,the Clippers and Warriors(OKC has a really good core also) like in the draft and free agency and the regular season.

I will be happy for the fans of those teams once they reach regular season success because they gotta be devoted fans to to go through so many lows.

I guess its because I can relate to them being a Blazer fan (Blazers sucked for about 5/6 yrs straight).

The I wish the Grizzlies well but not so much as the others because of their FO (despise CW for making stupid trades, makes it to hard to be happy for them with such an idiot for a GM).

SiteWolf
07-23-2009, 05:06 PM
I have a hard time pulling for OKC because I despise how they ended up there.

If they were still the Sonics, they'd still be my 2nd fav team like they were for years.....

MJ-BULLS
07-23-2009, 06:25 PM
the thunder have the best future IMO, if harden can develop to a good player they will be a force to be reckoned with

Draco
07-23-2009, 06:31 PM
You could probably take the Clippers out of consideration because Donald Sterling seems to be the NBAs worst owner.

I'd go with OKC followed by the Nets from this list. I like the Harris/Lopez combo. Flynn and Jefferson might be interesting.. we'll find out.

yanksknicksgmen
07-23-2009, 06:44 PM
thunder

TheGsw
07-23-2009, 06:46 PM
warriors have the furure!
u got Monta ellis
Anthony Randolph
Anthony Morrow
Andris Biedrins and Stephen Curry!

TheGsw
07-23-2009, 06:47 PM
But hands down Blazers are gonna dominate the future !!!
i mean like deystroy every team!

NYYCowboys
07-23-2009, 06:51 PM
Knicks have a pretty decent young core (Gallo, Chandler, Hill, Lee {if resigned}, Douglas) and hopefully we can add Sessions too, but all the other teams listed are really good too.

Thatruth32
07-23-2009, 06:52 PM
id have to say GSW and OKC..

BkOriginalOne
07-23-2009, 07:00 PM
OKC.
Don't forget the Grizzlies.

Hawkeye15
07-23-2009, 07:08 PM
First off, I think this thread was meant to be for non playoff teams from last year. Portland has a great future, but also has a ton of rookie scale deals, which means they will have to let some of those players walk. Lets see how their decisions work out.

Don't feel like being debated, but I will make a case for the Wolves
They have Al Jefferson. I am willing to concede that Durant may be a better player down the line, but AJ is a stud
Love was the most efficient rookie last year, and has a skillset that will allow him to be a very, very good NBA player.
They have Ricky Rubio, if not this year, next.
Johnny Flynn
Corey Brewer, Wayne Ellington, Ryan Gomes, all good role players with cheap deals.
$24 million coming off the books next year. Which can be used to absorb a big contract from a team that has no choice but to trade a star because they are eating it financially. They can also use it in Free Agency, and hear me out. Yes, Minny isn't a desired free agent market. Why? Cause they have 8000 fans in the stands, and had no identity. If Rubio comes over, they are instantly marketable, and fans are coming back out.
OKC is going to be very good I think, but I have to make a case on why the Wolves can easily be an awesome team within 2-3 years if they play their cards right

SiteWolf
07-23-2009, 10:34 PM
Wouldn't every young team, not just the Blazers, be in the same boat re rookie scale deals and the impact of future decisions?

Hawkeye15
07-23-2009, 10:46 PM
Wouldn't every young team, not just the Blazers, be in the same boat re rookie scale deals and the impact of future decisions?

no. Every one of the Blazers best players are in a rookie scale deal. Memphis can be said to be the same, and maybe even OKC, but the Blazers are farther progressed, a playoff team, and shouldn't be part of this thread anyways.
Minnesota has Al Jefferson locked up. The Clippers have Baron, Kaman, both locked up. Memphis has Randolph. Kings have Kevin Martin.
Really, the Blazers best player, is making $3.9 million next year. My only point is, as scary and young as Portland is, their roster will have to look different soon. The same can not be said of the other teams. And again, the future of a #5 seed, with all young talent, doesn't need to be debated. Its pretty good

kntresistheheat
07-23-2009, 11:14 PM
I think the GSW will have a great team when they change their coach, till then I will have to go with OKC, GRIZZ, BULLS, CLIPPS....In that order and I dont know why I put the clipps cause they are cursed:eyebrow:

MajorFloridaFan
07-23-2009, 11:15 PM
Orlando

MajorFloridaFan
07-23-2009, 11:15 PM
go magic

MajorFloridaFan
07-23-2009, 11:15 PM
magicians

123heyho
07-24-2009, 12:00 AM
Being a Dubs fan ima have to say the Warriors, Randolph is really something special who I think will eventually be a top 10 player in the league...

123heyho
07-24-2009, 12:02 AM
But realistically OKC probably takes this one as they're pretty much set at every single position with potential all-stars except for the 5

MajorFloridaFan
07-24-2009, 12:02 AM
Warriors and MAgic

MajorFloridaFan
07-24-2009, 12:02 AM
Or BOBCATS LOLOL

Wiz kids
07-24-2009, 12:05 AM
The Grizzles have a pretty legit future: Conley jr., Mayo, Gay, Gasol?, and Thabeet.

ZebraCity916
07-24-2009, 12:20 AM
What about the Kings????

Kings-

Tyreke Evans, Kevin Martin, Donte Greene, Jason Thompson, Spencer Hawes

UofA
07-24-2009, 12:25 AM
Orlando


go magic


magicians


Warriors and MAgic


Or BOBCATS LOLOL

Post pad much?

Kings Faithful
07-24-2009, 12:37 AM
What about the Kings????

Kings-

Tyreke Evans, Kevin Martin, Donte Greene, Jason Thompson, Spencer Hawes

Yeah thats what I was thinking... not to mention more cap space in 2011 than almost any team in the league to sign a franchiser...hopefully a SF. No one cares about the Kings though. We should realize that by now.

ZebraCity916
07-24-2009, 12:49 AM
Yeah thats what I was thinking... not to mention more cap space in 2011 than almost any team in the league to sign a franchiser...hopefully a SF. No one cares about the Kings though. We should realize that by now.

I know no one cares but that's only cause the Kings are always overlooked.

Tmac,lt,berkman
07-24-2009, 12:51 AM
wat about the rockets???
pg-aaron brooks, kyle lowry
sg-trevor ariza, jermaine taylor
sf-chase budinger, james white
pf-carl landry, joey dorsey
c- yao ming, david anderson

and i left shane battier, tracy mcgrady, luis scola and chuck hayes off the list.

ZebraCity916
07-24-2009, 12:57 AM
wat about the rockets???
pg-aaron brooks, kyle lowry
sg-trevor ariza, jermaine taylor
sf-chase budinger, james white
pf-carl landry, joey dorsey
c- yao ming, david anderson

and i left shane battier, tracy mcgrady, luis scola and chuck hayes off the list.

Since you left them off the list you might as well left Yao off the list too seeing he ain't playin this year.

McGrady and is only a year older than Yao and Scola is the same age.

And also since all those veterans are on the team I don't think they really qualify as a young core of guys.

Tmac,lt,berkman
07-24-2009, 01:36 AM
Since you left them off the list you might as well left Yao off the list too seeing he ain't playin this year.

McGrady and is only a year older than Yao and Scola is the same age.

And also since all those veterans are on the team I don't think they really qualify as a young core of guys.

i just put yao on it because he is young and scola is playin this year and we got battier and the only old player we got is brent barry..

ZebraCity916
07-24-2009, 02:50 AM
Yao's not that young. He's like 29-30. Not old but I wouldn't consider him young anymore. Battier is like 32 and Barry is like 38.

Barry is old. HAHA

Gambeezy
07-24-2009, 03:54 AM
OKC and the Clips ftw

B.JenningsMVP
07-24-2009, 03:56 AM
Grizz, Dubs, OKC, Blazers

itsripcity32
07-24-2009, 04:03 AM
just cause u got good rookies/2nd/3rd year players doesn't mean u'll be able to keep em

abe_froman
07-24-2009, 04:23 AM
which has the best-lakers,they always find a way to keep playoff/championship level continuity through eras(only missing 5 times)

but of those listed okc and nj(having a good young c is usually the best foundation for bright future)

Ragun
07-24-2009, 06:18 AM
thunder and blazers.

Niro
07-24-2009, 07:00 AM
i would say its okc and the warriors...if nets can sign a star next year then also them, but okc and warriors are going to be good without new signings

Reddd
07-24-2009, 07:53 AM
OKC, They have some young athletic players.

SiteWolf
07-24-2009, 08:30 AM
the day the Clippers are a legitimate team is the day that........holy crap a pig DID just fly by my window!

dee279
07-24-2009, 08:33 AM
Thunder

KnicksR4Real
07-24-2009, 08:38 AM
Blazers

Bulls

Knicks

Nets

MajorFloridaFan
07-24-2009, 10:08 AM
OKC, They have some young athletic players.

well there is the AJ sig lol:eyebrow: