View Full Version : Team with the best future?

01-16-2013, 01:19 AM
Looking around the NBA there are a few teams that could potentially be the next OKC.

A young core for New Orleans of Anthony Davis (19), Ryan Anderson (24), Greivis Vasquez (25) and Eric Gordon (24) if he stays healthy could be a very good team for years to come.

The Cavs are another interesting candidate with Kyrie Irving (20), Dion Waiters (21) and Tristan Thompson (21) also looks very nice.

The T-Wolves with Kevin Love (24) and Ricky Rubio (21) might be able to take the next step if they add another piece.

Maybe even the 76ers can figure into this conversation with Andrew Bynum (24), Jrue Holiday (22), Evan Turner (23), and Thaddeus Young (24).

01-16-2013, 01:30 AM
You gotta be joking putting the sixers sorry *** in this thread.

Duncan = Donkey
01-16-2013, 01:34 AM
I like the Cavs with Kyrie, Hornets maybe

01-16-2013, 01:35 AM
basketball gods hate my Wolves. What other explanation is there for chopping down every player on the roster with injuries?

01-16-2013, 01:37 AM
Kings (Cousins, Tyreke, Thomas, Robinson, Thompson) and Pacers (George, Hill, Hibbert, Stephenson) come to mind

01-16-2013, 01:39 AM
The Houston Rockets LOL at this thread

01-16-2013, 01:52 AM
Rockets, Warriors, Hornets, Cavaliers.

01-16-2013, 02:03 AM
Thunder, they're still pretty young.

01-16-2013, 02:03 AM
Thunder, they're still pretty young.

Don't count, they are already there.

01-16-2013, 02:06 AM
Cavs & Hornets.

01-16-2013, 02:18 AM
The Kings should be on here too

01-16-2013, 02:32 AM
The Washington Generals; if they continue to have a few more losing seasons and draft right then they can make a real splash in the future.

01-16-2013, 02:45 AM
nuggets are then 2nd youngest team in the league

01-16-2013, 02:45 AM
nuggets are then 2nd youngest team in the league

Rockets are younger.

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01-16-2013, 02:58 AM
My top three would be the Cavs, Kings, and Pacers.

01-16-2013, 03:32 AM
The Boston Red Sox

01-16-2013, 08:57 AM
The Houston Rockets have not only gotten into this conversation this but they are without question front runners. They have the youngest team in the league with lots of potential for growth, financial flexibility, an improving coach and a legit #1 offensive option. I think homerism aside most poeple would agree that their future is the brightest.

iam brett favre
01-16-2013, 09:30 AM
The Jazz.

01-16-2013, 09:36 AM

01-16-2013, 09:58 AM
The raptors got a brighter future than Philly does. Every thing else I could probably agree with

01-16-2013, 11:27 AM
pacers and rockets man... they are gonna be fun to watch as they grow

01-16-2013, 11:51 AM
Bulls are a good kinda young team, they also have potential future with the Charlote pick and Mirotic. dont know where they rank though.

01-16-2013, 12:32 PM
Lillard(22),Batum(24),Hickson(24),Aldridge(27),Mat thews(26),Leonard(20),Barton(22)

my blazers are still pretty young Aldridge just entered his prime matthews is getting there Lillard is just amazing at 22(vote Lillard for the all star team) batum is getting better hickson is still young leonard and Barton are good rookies just not enough experiance

01-16-2013, 12:41 PM
If Andre Drummond can reach his potential I like the Pistons future. Him and Monroe could be a dominate front court.

And for what its worth, just a few weeks ago Chad Ford said his potential was a top 10 player.

01-16-2013, 03:15 PM
Kings with the right coach.

01-16-2013, 03:35 PM
Lakers. They'll always contend.

01-16-2013, 03:46 PM
The raptors got a brighter future than Philly does. Every thing else I could probably agree with

lol keep telling yourself that

01-16-2013, 04:03 PM
despite popular belief, the raptors.

01-16-2013, 04:12 PM
To be fair, the Pacers are a two to three years ahead of every team mentioned so far(except OKC). They have all their starters in place once Granger comes back. Stephenson, who's been amazing this year, will fortify the bench and DJ Augustin is rounding into shape finally. They're one more solid bench player away from contending if they retain everyone.

Celtic AL
01-16-2013, 04:13 PM
Cavs. I really love Irving & Waiters on the cavs. those guys im really high on! i also like Tyler Zeller! meh on Tristan Thompson but they are projected to have a top 1-5 pick. Shabazz Muhammad as the final piece of there puzzle?

01-16-2013, 04:16 PM
Yea I'm to lazy to look up ages but warriors, curry, Thompson, and Barnes are all young

01-16-2013, 04:45 PM
u forgot the raptors with derozan(23), ross(21), valenciunas(20), davis (23), and johnson (25)

01-16-2013, 04:45 PM
The Lakers

01-16-2013, 06:06 PM
lakers 2014 pau and kobe contract expire

Duncan = Donkey
01-17-2013, 12:46 AM
u forgot the raptors with derozan(23), ross(21), valenciunas(20), davis (23), and johnson (25)

no he didn't, they simply dont belong

01-17-2013, 12:52 AM
no he didn't, they simply dont belong

then u don't know your nba....

Duncan = Donkey
01-17-2013, 12:57 AM
then u don't know your nba....


el hidalgo
01-17-2013, 01:26 AM
in 2014 bulls will have rose, noah, taj, jimmy butler, and marquis teague under contract. boozer will most likely be amnestied or traded. they will also have what looks like a cant miss prospect in nikola mirotic and what should be a great pick from the bobcats. they also have a ton of cap space. the bulls are in great shape.

01-17-2013, 01:55 AM

People laugh when they are nervous

01-17-2013, 02:01 AM
CP3 27, Blake 23, DJ 24, Bled 23. Just cause we're already good doesn't count us out of having the best future. OKC probably has the best future.

01-17-2013, 02:14 AM
CP3 27, Blake 23, DJ 24, Bled 23. Just cause we're already good doesn't count us out of having the best future. OKC probably has the best future.

Title contenders are excluded. Deal with it.

01-17-2013, 02:24 AM
Title contenders are excluded. Deal with it.

OK fine.

01-17-2013, 02:34 AM
Its not even close..... Its the Thunder then the Cavs then the Bulls

Thunder have durant and westbrook both under 25 a top prospect in Lamb and a lottery pick from Toronto. oh and i forgot a 24 year old Ibaka

Cavs the most cap space of any team over 25million next year. and a strong core of irving waiters thompson zeller and trade bait of varajao... oh and they have 2 extra firsts 1 from the kings and the other form the heat.

Bulls have Mirotic and a bobcats pick. Best TEAM in nba. They dont have top 5 talent but this team fits together better than any team in the league.

01-17-2013, 12:00 PM
The Hornets have a brighter future than the Cavs.

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01-17-2013, 12:29 PM
Rockets for me

01-17-2013, 04:02 PM
Can we just change this to who is your favorite basketball team thread? The thread idea was good but then it go hijacked by every poster not knowing their teams cap/progression or draft history.

Or better yet change it to who with a losing record currently has the brightest future:

This week: assessing the bottom six teams in the Eastern Conference. Through Tuesday, the Raptors, Pistons, Magic, Cavaliers, Bobcats and Wizards were all at least 5½ games out of the No. 8 seed.

1. Which of these six teams has the brightest future?

Ben Golliver: At the risk of dumbing down a fairly complicated question and short-cutting a thorough, all-points analysis, I’ll rush to pick the Cavaliers and not think twice. Nothing is brighter than a budding superstar still on his rookie deal, and that’s exactly what the Cavaliers have in point guard Kyrie Irving. Last week, I selected Irving as the second-most-deserving player among potential first-time All-Stars. If he makes it to Houston this season, which he absolutely should, the Cavaliers are looking at eight (eight!) years of All-Star play before Irving could leave in unrestricted free agency. (That’s assuming he signs a five-year extension, a la Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook, on top of the next two-plus years of his rookie deal.)

Polldaddy.comThere are young lottery picks to like among the other five teams — including Charlotte’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Kemba Walker; Washington’s John Wall and Bradley Beal; Detroit’s Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond and Brandon Knight; Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross; and Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic — but Irving’s future outshines them all, even when injury risks are factored in. Come on, Irving is averaging 23 points, 5.6 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.7 steals and shooting 41 percent from three-point range — and he’s still not 21 years old.

This isn’t just about Irving (although it could be). The Cavaliers have been bad enough for long enough to set themselves up for a quick rise with a couple of right moves. I’m not the world’s biggest fan of Tristan Thompson (No. 4 pick in 2011 draft), Dion Waiters (No. 4 in 2012) or Tyler Zeller (No. 17 in 2012), but they all look like rotation pieces and are on affordable rookie deals. Anderson Varejao is, at worst, an above-average trade chip. The Cavaliers will have loads of cap space this summer to improve Irving’s supporting cast, although they must be sure to dole it out to deserving players. Owner Dan Gilbert’s demonstrated commitment to spend what it takes to win adds an optimistic shine to their long-term outlook.

Rob Mahoney: Cleveland is undoubtedly the pick here, for precisely the reasons you mentioned, Ben. Irving is as compelling a prospect as they come, and though the Cavs have a long way to go before they put together a playoff-worthy roster, they already have a handful of useful pieces to build around, and their cap outlook is unbelievably clean. There isn’t a single player under contract beyond this season who shouldn’t be, and no asset on the roster that could even remotely be considered overpaid beyond Luke Walton and his $6 million expiring contract. That gives GM Chris Grant the opportunity to pursue all manner of free-agent targets in his efforts to round out this roster, and just as important is the ability to take on extra salary in a potential trade. Teams under the cap wind up being the ultimate facilitators due to the salary-matching rules, leaving Cleveland in a position to pick up some quality picks or players in exchange for little to nothing. It’s up to Grant to leverage that opportunity into something tangible, but the Cavs have only $27.5 million on the books for next season — a total roster payout that should allow Grant to make some moves and retain that flexibility in the process.

Beyond the Cavs, though, I’m most optimistic about the Bobcats. Though Charlotte may still be on the hunt for high-ceiling offensive players, Mike Dunlap’s infrastructure offers promise for a group of perfectly sturdy complementary types. Walker is coming into his own as a pick-and-roll player, and alongside him is a world of defensive potential between Kidd-Gilchrist, Gerald Henderson and Bismack Biyombo. Things aren’t looking great right now for the Bobcats because of their lack of firepower, general lack of experience and forced reliance on Byron Mullens, but a single shot creator and a few years of working their way into the playoff picture should position the ‘Cats for a long run of success.