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    Young Talented NBA teams

    Watching the Pacers/Bulls game got me thinking.....


    There are a lot of very talented young teams in the league right now. In a league in which looked like it was going to be dominated by clusters of superstars perhaps some of these teams can blossom into formidable challengers.


    The Pacers for instance have, Collison, Hibbert, George, Hansborough, and Granger is not that old either. If they can get some development out of somebody like Lance Stephenson the same way they have McRoberts and Hansborough they will be a very good team if they keep this core for the next five years or more. Not to mention add a piece or two along the way.


    Then the Sixers with Holiday, Young, Turner, Meeks, Williams.

    Grizz with Conley Jr, Allen, Mayo, Gay, Gasol, Henry.



    And then of course teams like the Thunder and Clippers
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    Obviously the Thunder have spoke for themselves and re energized this idea of teams with a solid young nucleus. BUT, do you guys see any of these teams blossoming to be among the leagues best?

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    Minnesota could also possibly be in the discussion. I know their w-l record says otherwise, but they have some good young pieces in place as well. Big "if" but "if" they can get Rubio over keep him for a few years to go along with Love, Beasley, Flynn, Randolph and Wes Johnson, they too may be onto something. Should also have a top three pick this year and even though its a weak draft should still be able to add a piece thats going to help long term.

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    Pacers- Nice team just need a real star. Barkley said the other day that if that had been the team assembled around LeBron he could have won titles in Cleveland and I agree.
    Thunder- Enough said.
    Clippers- They need a SF and maybe a PG in the worst way. I would see if I could move Aminu while he still has value.
    Grizz- Are very interesting. I'm shocked they did so well this season without Gay for much of the end of it. Not sure they have the makeup to be a contender but they have a nice squad.
    76ers- They could be the new Hawks IMO.
    Kings- Could be pretty good if pieces fall their way. Say they get a top 2 pick this year, Irving or Williams could go a long way for them going forward. Plus they probably won't be a playoff team next year, and next years draft should be loaded. Cousins will have to grow some for this to work out though.

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    ^ Yeah I like the Kings if they can add some pieces and develop the guys they already have. Evans is showing he is more beneficial playing off the ball so if you can pair him with someone like Irving that would be a nice back court for years to come. Evans of course would have to work on his jump shot but almost every NBA perimeter player improves their shot over the course of their career. As you said Williams would also be a good fit given his versatility and would be able to pair him with Boogie.



    As much as Danny Ainge and the Celtics ushered in the go out and get as many superstars as you can while trading away draft picks and young assets formula, teams like the Thunder have shown that some of these teams that have been perennial lottery pickers can develop into nice teams as well. The NBA should be very interesting in the next 5-10 years as stars are joining together while others are growing together.

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    Golden State possibly another, imagine if they could have got a guy like Barnes if he came out this year. Curry and Ellis is a good back court albeit undersized, Dorell Wright showed he can shoot the ball and I would bet Miami still wishes they had him around. They drafted Udoh who could develop into a nice 4 man once David Lee gets closer to the end of his rope, just imagine in the next couple years if they could get a Dontas Motiejunas this year and a Harrison Barnes/Mike Gilchrist or somebody like that the following year.

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    Grizz doing work without Gay is pretty impressive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NEERFAN View Post
    Grizz doing work without Gay is pretty impressive.
    I hate to say this but in a way it seems they are playing better without him. Gay brings a lot on the defensive end as well but Tony Allen has been the glue to that team IMO.

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    And I don't see Minnesota becoming good. Love and Beasley don't seem like guys that can carry a team, and I think everyone else they have is average at best.

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    That Pacers ceiling is limited until they add a superstar to the lineup. They could be like the Bulls a few years ago when they had a lot of young talent but no superstar. Now that Rose has risen to that level, look where they are. I think the Packers could be the same way with the right addition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5wide View Post
    That Pacers ceiling is limited until they add a superstar to the lineup. They could be like the Bulls a few years ago when they had a lot of young talent but no superstar. Now that Rose has risen to that level, look where they are. I think the Packers could be the same way with the right addition.
    The thing about the Pacers is that they likely won't be bad enough to draft someone like Rose and it will be tough for them to sign someone in that market. They're going to have to gamble at somepoint, maybe take a chance on a trade for Brandon Roy or someone like that if they can find someone who's willing to shop.

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    I think the Thunder will be the class of the league next season. If Ibaka can take the next step next season (and I see no reason he won't), I see them being very close to Miami's Big 3. Obviously the Heat's have more talent, but I think Westbrook, Durant, and Ibaka are much better suited to play with one another, and Bosh is garbage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UKMustangFan View Post
    I think the Thunder will be the class of the league next season. If Ibaka can take the next step next season (and I see no reason he won't), I see them being very close to Miami's Big 3. Obviously the Heat's have more talent, but I think Westbrook, Durant, and Ibaka are much better suited to play with one another, and Bosh is garbage.
    Thunder have a much better supporting cast than Miami can put together as well. Perkins, Sefolosha, Harden, Maynor >>>>>>>>>>>Bibby, Big Z, Mike Miller and Haslem.

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