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LongWayFromHome
05-25-2013, 02:28 PM
http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2013/05/23/ht-time-machine-future-all-nba-team/

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – The 15 players selected to the All-NBA team every season earn a place in NBA lore that is rarely celebrated the way fans do All-Star bids.
Weighing the two, however, is a battle that shouldn’t be a fair fight. An All-star nod is often based on reputation and how well someone is playing early in a given season. The All-NBA team measures the best of the very best the league has to offer in a season. The team consists of the 15 best players (by position) in the league.

It doesn’t get much better than that.

Thursday, the NBA released this year’s squad. But what about the future? What might that team look like in say, three seasons, when Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan, stalwarts on All-NBA teams the past two decades, are no longer active?

What is the makeup of the All-NBA team in the future? What does the league look like three seasons from now?

We take a look, courtesy of the HT (Hang Time) Time Machine, at the future All-NBA Teams …

2015-16
All-NBA First Team

F LeBron James, Miami Heat: No one was sure if LeBron would stick around South Beach after the Heat won those back-to titles in 2014 and 2015. But he watched his good friend Dwyane Wade retire after the last one and vowed to finish his career in a Heat uniform as well. There are no signs of his skills diminishing either. He bounced back masterfully after the Heat were beaten soundly by the Memphis Grizzlies in The Finals in 2013. James has reinvented himself as the epitome of a point forward during the second act of his Hall-of-Fame career, leading the league in assists this season with 12.7 per game. He’s still chasing Michael Jordan‘s six championships standard, though the comparisons to Magic Johnson are much more appropriate, and at 32 he still has plenty of time left.

F Paul George, Indiana Pacers: Three straight trips to the Eastern Conference finals without a breakthrough performance would be a mental and emotional setback for most stars, but not George. He’s done nothing but build on that All-Star berth in his third NBA season. George has blossomed into the closest thing to a legitimate challenger to LeBron’s throne. He interrupted LeBron’s MVP flow in 2015, when he stunned the hoops world by averaging a triple-double (24.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 10.0 assists) while leading the Pacers to a franchise-record 63 wins and finished as the MVP runner-up this season. The only threshold left for George to cross is to lead the Pacers past LeBron and the Heat into The 2016 Finals.

C Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies: Gasol served as the backbone for the Grizzlies’ 2013 championship team, though Zach Randolph walked away with Finals MVP honors, and solidified his status as the most complete big man in the game with his performance each season since. While he’s never piled up the kind of impressive numbers that would allow him to stick out historically among players at his position, Gasol does have three Kia Defensive Player of the Year awards on his mantle and a championship on his resume. If Ed Davis can replace Randolph as Gasol’s tag-team partner in the low post, the Grizzlies could have another run or two in them before it’s time to break this veteran crew up and start over.

G James Harden, Houston Rockets: The two-time (and counting) scoring champ, Harden has supplanted his former teammate and friend Kevin Durant as the league’s most prolific scorer. He’s averaged 30 or more points in three straight seasons, including this one (31.7) and has led the Rockets to the playoffs in each of his four seasons in Houston. Harden has evolved into more than just a scorer, too, leading the Rockets in assists (7.6) and steals (2.3) while adjusting to playing alongside Patrick Beverly in the starting lineup instead of sixth man Jeremy Lin. Harden’s career went to another level since he radically changed his look in training camp before the 2013-14 season by shaving off his trademark beard and mohawk in favor of a bald head and clean-shaven face. Who knew?

G Steph Curry, Golden State Warriors: With his ankle injuries behind him, the sweet-shooting Curry finally claims the first-team spot from Chris Paul and a crowded, star-studded point guard field. Curry’s work as a shooter — he’s shot 45 percent or better from beyond the 3-point line every season since 2011-12 — overshadows the fact that he’s become the consummate playmaker and leader for the league’s most exciting team. Curry put together a 20-10 season at the point (23.6 points and 10.4 assists), the only point guard to do so in the past three seasons, while leading the Warriors to a top four finish in the Western Conference playoff chase for the third straight season. With Curry and Klay Thompson (still the league’s best-shooting backcourt) as the catalysts, the Warriors are trying to crash the conference finals party.

2015-16
All-NBA Second Team

F Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder: Durant and the Thunder never have recovered from that deflating 2013 playoff fizzle after Russell Westbrook went down with a knee injury. Durant and Westbrook remain two of the league’s most striking talents and they’ve been super productive. But the supporting cast issues have continued to be an issue in Oklahoma City. The Thunder haven’t advanced beyond the conference semifinals since then. Durant has finished in the top three in the scoring race in each of the past seven seasons, losing out this year in a tight race with his friend and ex-Thunder teammate, Harden. Durant’s famous “I’m tired of finishing second” diatribe from a few years ago won’t go away this season.

F Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers: Maybe it wasn’t all Chris Paul after all. Griffin’s continued work on his low-post game has paid serious dividends for the Clippers since they made that blockbuster deal with the Boston Celtics for Rajon Rondo and the now-retired warriors Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce at the trade deadline in 2014. Griffin refocused himself defensively and as a rebounder, averaging 22.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and a surprising 2.1. blocks in earning another All-Star nod. Clippers coach Brian Shaw (as well as team president Phil Jackson) have had a huge impact on Griffin’s reconstruction of his game. Garnett’s influence certainly helped, too. Griffin learned some lessons from his playoff battles the past five years with the Grizzlies as well.

C DeMarcus Cousins, Boston Celtics: Cousins is the latest in a long line of big men whose careers have been bolstered by playing alongside the maestro, Paul, one of the greatest point guards and leaders of his generation. Cousins was in danger of playing himself out of the league in Sacramento, where his attitude and antics overshadowed his All-Star talent and potential. But joining forces with Paul and Celtics coach Doc Rivers on a revamped Celtics roster after the Big 3 era ended saved him. Cousins has been a (mostly) model citizen in Boston, bruising his way to a 20.9-point, 13.4-rebounds, 2.1-block season for a team that finished fourth in the Eastern Conference playoff chase.

G Chris Paul, Boston Celtics: Wherever Paul goes, the fortunes of his team seem to rise. He did it in New Orleans … and with the Clippers … and is doing it with the Celtics, who stopped their decline with that blockbuster trade with the Clippers at the trade deadline two and a half years ago. Paul has avoided the nagging injury issues that plagued him earlier in his career and has helped rescuscitate the careers of both Cousins and former No. 1 overall pick Andrea Bargnani, who have formed a dynamic inside-out big man duo for one of the best teams in the league. Paul did it all for the Celtics this season, averaging 18.4 points, 9.3 assists and 2.3 steals, while also shooting a career-best 44.2 percent from 3-point range.

G Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers: That extra help Irving and the Cavaliers hoped would come in the free-agent summer of 2014 never came. LeBron decided to stay in Miami and the Cavaliers were forced to forge ahead with a backcourt of Irving and Dion Waiters and All-Star big man LaMarcus Aldridge, who demanded that trade from Portland two years ago and got it. Irving is still fighting the injury issues that cost him all but a few games at Duke and more in his first few seasons in the league. In fact, he’s played just 68.5 games per season in his career. But when he’s out there, it’s an absolute showcase. He captured MVP honors in the 2016 All-Star Game, dazzling the crowd in Paris the same way he does crowds in NBA arenas. The next step? Taking the Cavaliers into the league’s elite.

2015-16
All-NBA Third Team

F Kevin Love, Los Angeles Lakers: Love wasn’t the big man Lakers fans had in mind to bridge the gap between the Kobe Bryant era and the future. But no one’s complaining now. Love is in the middle of the storm for a team that surprised everyone this season by making the playoffs with a young point guard, Trey Burke, and a high-flying future All-Star in Andrew Wiggins assuming huge roles on a rebuilt team. The Love-for-Pau Gasol trade was a gamble for the Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves, as both teams were in need of the right fit for their respective needs. The ex-UCLA star Love is averaging 24.3 points and 13.6 rebounds for the Lakers, who have slugged their way back into the playoffs. The Timberwolves are still in Lottery-land.

F Derrick Favors, Utah Jazz: Favors has been on a steady climb since moving into a starting role for the Jazz after Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap departed the premises during the free-agent summer of 2013. A no-frills performer who avoids the media glare at every turn, Favors has a hard time doing the same on the court. The league’s leading rebounder in each of the past two seasons (15.3 this season), Favors also averaged 16.3 points, 3.4 blocks and 1.9 steals for a Jazz team that battled all the way down to the last week of the season for the eighth and final spot in the West. He finished third in the voting for the Kia Defensive Player of the Year award and is living up to the hype that suggests he might be a young Dwight Howard.

C Dwight Howard, Dallas Mavericks: Howard got what he wanted in free agency in 2013 — a fresh start in Dallas. Playing alongside a slowing Dirk Nowitzki has forced Howard into a leadership role for the Mavericks that he struggled with in his one season with the Lakers and at the end of his tenure with the Magic. There are those who will argue that Howard is still the best big man in the game when healthy, but he has never quite regained the edge he had before that back surgery that marked the end of his time in Orlando. And truth be told, he has simply been passed up by Gasol and Cousins. Still, he averaged 18.7 points, 12.2 rebounds and 2.8 blocks for a Mavericks team that won 50 games for the first time since their 2010-11 championship season.

G Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia 76ers: Holiday’s work as both a scorer and facilitator helped separate him from a crowded field of point guards. The Sixers All-Star is also a relentless defender, arguably the best defensive point guard in the league, and has matured considerably since making his first All-Star team in 2013. At 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, Holiday has evolved into one of the best physical specimens in the league at any position. Unlike almost every other player on this list, Holiday doesn’t have the luxury of playing alongside another (former or current) All-Star. He averaged 23.2 points, 9.5 assists and 5.6 rebounds this season, leading the Sixers in the first two categories and finishing third in rebounds. The quintessential combo-guard, Holiday can thrive at either spot.

G Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers: Lillard, the 2013 Kia Rookie of the Year award winner, has only gotten better since then. He’s averaged 19 or more points in every season and watched his scoring average rise with every new campaign. He averaged 24.7 points, 8.2 assists, 4.4 rebounds this year. Most impressive, however, is Lillard’s improved shooting stroke. A 43 percent shooter as a rookie, 36.8 percent from beyond the 3-point line, Lillard shot 49 percent this season, including 43 percent from deep. Mature beyond his years, even as a rookie, Lillard is the face of a Trail Blazers franchise that got back in the thick of the playoff chase again this season after a four-year hiatus. Where they go from here will depend heavily on where Lillard can take them.

b@llhog24
05-25-2013, 02:32 PM
Could have formatted it better. But yea he's an idiot.

LongWayFromHome
05-25-2013, 02:34 PM
George averaging a Triple Double? Gasol winning back-to-back-to-back DPOY? KD on the 2nd team? CP3 and Cousins in BOS? No Rose, Westbrook, Lakers getting the #1 pick in 2014?

Get it together bro.

Swashcuff
05-25-2013, 02:38 PM
Don't really care too much if at all for any predictions but I mean he could have been much worse tbh

LongWayFromHome
05-25-2013, 02:42 PM
Don't really care too much if at all for any predictions but I mean he could have been much worse tbh

Not so much who he picks (thought not great). Read what he says about each of them. Its ridiculous.

ThunderousDemon
05-25-2013, 02:47 PM
:dance:

Kevin Love, Trey Burke, and Andrew Wiggins.

JasonJohnHorn
05-25-2013, 03:20 PM
The player picks are interesting. Some obviously seem way off (PG over KD), but at the same time if somebody had suggest in 04 that 3 or 4 years afterwards the likes of Boozer, Bosh, Marion and and aged Paul Pierce and Garnett would be making the team ahead McGrady, who had lead the league in scoring two straight seasons at the ripe age of 24, most people would have thought you were crazy. I mean, those seasons should have been McGrady's prime years, but they weren't. At 29 and 30 when most guys are playing their best basketball, McGrady was fighting to stay in the league.


So yeah... it may seem off to suggest PG ahead of KD right now... but who knows.

That said... I don't like how he pretend to predict future roster changes. He should just stick to the guys who he thinks will get better, not who will get better if they end up in a certain uniform with a certain player (DMC and CP3 in BOS? Seriously?).

Celticsfan2007
05-25-2013, 03:26 PM
CP3 and runDMC in Boston?

I like how this guys thinks.

Goose17
05-25-2013, 03:27 PM
Didn't read the descriptions but the future picks seem about right.

Hawkeye15
05-25-2013, 03:40 PM
So my Wolves traded Love for Gasol? hahahaha

and my conspiracy theory was correct regarding the Lakers if this happens. They will amnesty Gasol when Dwight doesn't sign, and the league will gift them Wiggins.

Goose17
05-25-2013, 03:44 PM
I just read the descriptions, some of these are crazy.

Then again, if five years ago somebody had said Lebron would be playing in Miami with Bosh and Wade or that Kobe and Nash would be playing together with Dwight Howard and they would fail miserably. Well... crazy **** happens sometimes.

ThunderousDemon
05-25-2013, 04:29 PM
PG Trey Burke
SG Shabazz Muhammad
SF Andrew Wiggins
PF Kevin Love
C Noel Nerlens

:dance:

Let's go Lakers!

king4day
05-25-2013, 04:35 PM
His Lakers rundown in the Kevin Love piece is an absolute joke.
How does he expect them to get Burke? And he thinks that this coming year they will win the lottery? Sorry, as long as Nash is there and healthy, they are going to be a late lottery team at the worst.

Ryan328
05-26-2013, 05:45 PM
Crazy!! Would love to know how my Lakers land Burke this year. How are we getting into the lottery to grab him when he could actually go #2 to Orlando? Kevin Love eventually a Laker could happen. Like King4day said, Lakers won't be bad enough to end up with a top 5 worse record and be able to select Wiggins. I think that ki has Charlotte written all over him. Like everyone else has said, how are Rose, Melo and Westbrook not on an of the ALL NBA teams? Would also like to know where he has Melo playing. As crazy as his predictions are/were, I do kind of wish he expanded some of it so I can know what happened to get Burke this year, where does Melo go? How is Rose holding up, etc?

PleaseBeNice
05-26-2013, 06:05 PM
Wow. Burke, love, and wiggins on lakers? Nope.

Ryan328
05-26-2013, 06:25 PM
After reading this article/blog, i feel like doing my own now.

zn23
05-26-2013, 07:00 PM
I've often considered Sekou Smith one of the worst NBA 'writers' in the world.

jericho
05-26-2013, 08:26 PM
Well this is a complete joke. Who keeps this guy employed. Im just gonna nitpick on 1 part of his article. How the hell do you avg a triple double for a season and you dont win MVP. Besides the 12 ast per game that he said lebron would avg he would need other monster numbers to beat that.

jericho
05-26-2013, 08:30 PM
After reading this article/blog, i feel like doing my own now.

Dude after reading this i think that anybody can lol.

ManRam
05-26-2013, 10:06 PM
paul george is nice, but the hype train is getting a little ahead of itself.

and his laker talk makes him sound like any normal lakers fan who thinks they'll get every great player there is

Ryan328
05-27-2013, 12:42 AM
Love is the only one I can see being a Laker. Wiggins & Burke no way

Hellcrooner
05-27-2013, 12:54 AM
So my Wolves traded Love for Gasol? hahahaha

and my conspiracy theory was correct regarding the Lakers if this happens. They will amnesty Gasol when Dwight doesn't sign, and the league will gift them Wiggins.

or...if we amnesty gasol and lose Howard and kobe does not come back until december we actually have a good chance of winning the lottery because we probaboy get the worst record?
wheres the conspirancy in that? :laugh:

ThunderousDemon
05-27-2013, 12:59 AM
paul george is nice, but the hype train is getting a little ahead of itself.

and his laker talk makes him sound like any normal lakers fan who thinks they'll get every great player there is

James Worthy
Gail Goodrich
George Mikan
Jamaal Wilkes
Jerry West
Wilt Chamberlain
Elgin Baylor
Shaquille O’Neal
Kareem Abdul Jabbar
Kobe Bryant
Magic Johnson
Dwight Howard
Steve Nash
Pau Gasol
Almost had CP3 too.

ThunderousDemon
05-27-2013, 01:00 AM
Love is the only one I can see being a Laker. Wiggins & Burke no way

Paul George is also a possibility.

The Lakers could offer him a poison pill contract.

OceanSpray
05-27-2013, 01:05 AM
Do any of you even have the credentials to become a journalist? It's not just about picking the best players on a team. That's a bad list but none of you are probably educated enough to take over his position.

LongWayFromHome
05-27-2013, 01:37 AM
Do any of you even have the credentials to become a journalist? It's not just about picking the best players on a team. That's a bad list but none of you are probably educated enough to take over his position.

Who says we think we should? You said yourself its bad. Worse than the list is what he says about the list. This guy is the lead blogger for nba.com. Don't you think he should be better than this? Or at least stick to journalism rather than trying to be an expert/analyst.

amos1er
05-27-2013, 02:03 AM
So my Wolves traded Love for Gasol? hahahaha

and my conspiracy theory was correct regarding the Lakers if this happens. They will amnesty Gasol when Dwight doesn't sign, and the league will gift them Wiggins.

You do realize that the league gifts a lot of teams players all the time. It's not just the Lakers. Don't hate just because the Lakers FO was able to capitalize better than those other teams did.

amos1er
05-27-2013, 02:04 AM
These were terrible predictions. I had a good laugh though.

NoahH
05-27-2013, 02:22 AM
I mean it could be worse, alot of stuff he said was stupid.. Like the Lakers team.. But it's predictions like 3 years in the future so it's probably mostly for fun

YoungOne
05-27-2013, 02:28 AM
cp3 and cousins? sign me up :D

Ryan328
05-27-2013, 12:27 PM
So Clipps re up Paul this summer then deal him during the 2014 trade deadline? Odd...

greg_ory_2005
05-27-2013, 12:32 PM
Well it's his opinion, so I can't really bash him too much. But yeah, I don't agree with some of the stuff he says.

OceanSpray
05-27-2013, 12:33 PM
Who says we think we should? You said yourself its bad. Worse than the list is what he says about the list. This guy is the lead blogger for nba.com. Don't you think he should be better than this? Or at least stick to journalism rather than trying to be an expert/analyst.

The list is due in 3 years. Make no mistake, that's a bad - not terrible list. It takes a lot to be a journalist. You can hate on Skip Bayless, but none of you probably have what it takes to take his position. Stick to journalism? What do you think analysts do? How do you even think most of them got their jobs?

ManRam
05-27-2013, 12:37 PM
James Worthy
Gail Goodrich
George Mikan
Jamaal Wilkes
Jerry West
Wilt Chamberlain
Elgin Baylor
Shaquille O’Neal
Kareem Abdul Jabbar
Kobe Bryant
Magic Johnson
Dwight Howard
Steve Nash
Pau Gasol
Almost had CP3 too.

i'm not saying it's wrong. i mean, if any team should have high expectations for acquistions it is the lakers. they do tend to get a bit carried away.

i mean, i'd love to hear how the lakers get burke and wiggins. and even love (we can assume, but i think the assumed trade is nothing more than a pipe dream)

ThunderousDemon
05-27-2013, 01:47 PM
i'm not saying it's wrong. i mean, if any team should have high expectations for acquistions it is the lakers. they do tend to get a bit carried away.

i mean, i'd love to hear how the lakers get burke and wiggins. and even love (we can assume, but i think the assumed trade is nothing more than a pipe dream)

We won't acquire those to two players, no chance.

Kevin Love on the other hand could become a Laker as a free agent.