Dwight Howard, Greg Oden, Andrew Bynum, Brook Lopez
Dwight Howard at 29 years old that time would be at the peak of his game, dominating the glass and the paint more than ever, and probably have reached his full potential at that time, The best center in the league now and after 5 years.
Greg Oden its hard to see what kind of player Oden turns out to be, He's shown some glimpses of being an all-star center, good height, athletic ability and good at both ends of the floor. He'll be an important player in the Blazer's playoff run for many years.
Andrew Bynum he'll be 27 and 9 years in the league already, this year Bynum was a force to before he got injured, with his long arms and soft touch. He surely will be a great center in the league for years to come.
Brook Lopez he's one of the best rookies from last years draft. He's a bit soft but still has a lot of room to grow. He has the best shooting touch from the pack, and can extend the defense of the opposing team, He'll be a good center.
My Pick: Dwight Howard
LaMarcus Aldridge, Al Jefferson, Anthony Randolph, Michael Beasley, Blake Griffin
LaMarcus Aldridge showed so much in this year's playoffs he can shoot the outside shot consistently, and can attack the rim with power, may be one of the best pick and roll forwards in the league, he'll be at his peak after 5 years.
Al Jefferson the best young power forward in the league had his breakout season this year averaging 23 and 11 before he went down, has a lot of post moves and also can shoot the outside shot, the future looks bright for the Wolves and brighter for Jefferson.
Anthony Randolph he's the wild card in this group because of his really scary upside and potential, he's a prototype. Showed signs at the end of the year, of a possible breakout season next year. He can block shots with the best of them, an ultra athletic player the most athletic in this group.
Michael Beasley had a so so rookie year, but blossomed in some of the games during the end of the season without Wade, probably the best offensive player out of this group, He's still very young at 20 and still has a lot of room to grow.
Blake Griffin the number 1 pick of this years draft, combines athletic ability with power, a hard worker and can be coached, outside shot looks shaky but will improve in time, willing do do the small things and has a lot of heart, a possible franchise player.
My Pick: I'm really high on Blake Griffin, but for now its Al Jefferson.
Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Rudy Gay, Danny Granger
Carmelo Anthony one of the best scorers in the league today, can score in a ton of ways, and improved his defense a lot this year, he'll be 30 at that time and still a lethal scorer in the league, may even lead the league in scoring.
LeBron James arguably in the top 2 players in the league, best small forward in the league today and he's gonna do it for a long time, may be the best ever? Still very young and can still grow.
Rudy Gay a high flyer, can jump out of the gym. has a consistent outside shot and mid range game, is still growing and has still a lot of room to grow, hopefully he can help Memphis to contend for a playoff spot.
Danny Granger a breakout season last year, one of the best shooters in the league. has shown he can perform in the clutch, a good leader for the young pacers, he's 26 now and he'll be 31 in 5 years. not much that room to grow anymore, but he'll be a good player.
My Pick: LeBron James
Brandon Roy, Eric Gordon, OJ Mayo, Monta Ellis, Andre Igoudala
Brandon Roy one of the best game closers in the league, a great performer in crunch time, good mid range game, and improved his 3 point range. A cerebral player, can finish in the rim with either hands, good attitude, good work ethic and makes his teammates better.
Eric Gordon from a strong guard class last year Gordon's can play with the best of them. He can score a lot, really strong well-build for a shooting guard. a very nice touch from three point range, can attack the rim and finish over bigger opponents.
OJ Mayo very smooth guard very beautiful shooting stroke, excellent mid-range and 3 point game. Plays with poise and maturity, can also play good defense. He'll only get better.
Monta Ellis probably the fastest player in the league, had his issues last year. But may have a big year next year, finishes very well at the rim. Can dunk on big men, excellent mid-range game. a blur in the fast break a very good finisher probably the best. But doesn't have much room to grow.
Andre Igoudala a very versatile guard nice size at 6'6 very good in the defensive end. a world class athlete, has improved his all-around game. also a very mature player, doesn't force a lot shots, can help his team even if he's not scoring.
My Pick: Brandon Roy
Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo, Derrick Rose, Deron Williams
Chris Paul the best point guard in the league today, carries his team, can score, pass and make his teammates better, a clutch performer and a leader. He'll be 29 after 5 years, He'll also be smarter than ever.
Rajon Rondo one of the best young stars in the league, gained supreme confidence playing with the big three. a champion point guard, excellent in the defensive end, excellent intangibles, outside shot is slowly improving.
Derrick Rose prototype point guard, he's like a mini LeBron James, combines power and speed. Rises to the occasion in big games, excellent shot-blocker for a point guard, good mid-range game, and a decent 3 point game, one of the fastest players in the league, will still grow a lot.
Deron Williams the best one on one point guard in the league, very powerful, solid outside shot, best pick and roll point guard. A leader willing to take big-shots, still has room to grow.
My Pick: I really wanna say Derrick Rose because of his uniqueness as a point guard but Chris Paul makes his teammates better, but I'm going with Rose, because of his upside.
No Kevin Durant..... smh
you thought of rudy gay before durant? I feel sorry for durant. Hes still so young but hes going to be very very good and he just doesnt get the attention yet. The thunder are going to be something special in the next few years. Next years draft there is gonna be more big men and there more than likely going to get a decent center or a good PF and let green come off the bench. this team is going to be scary
I also think its completely dumb you dont have Dwade on there for the shooting guards. cmon man!
I think Rudy Gay has just as much potential as Durant. He isnt quite the scorer Durant is, but he is a better athlete and believe it or not, even though he has good size now he could put on weight without losing speed which is scary for other teams out there
rudy gay is a good team player but hes not a franchise player and hes not durant. hes going to be a great second option on the grizzlies behind mayo. kevin durant is going to be an absolute beast for years to come and win multiple scoring titles and when the thunder grow just a little he'll win an mvp. rudy gay isnt going to do that
Durant over Gay
Courtney Lee over Ellis
Add Westbrook to the PG Pack .
Weres Chris Bosh Durant and Wade???? Common
DWiGHT HOWARD .. iN fiVE YEARS HE'LL BE 28 GOiNG ON 29 .. HE SHOUlD HAVE AT lEAST A DECENT AMOUNT Of POST MOVES SO THEREfORE HE'S MY PiCK .. && HE'S AlSO GOT NiCE fORM ON HiS jUMPER .. USE TO PlAY PG iN HiGH SCHOOl && AAU SO THE iNSTiNCTS THERE .. MY GUESS iS THAT HE WiLL AVERAGE AT lEAST 26 PTS, 15 REBS, 1 STLS, 3 BLKS, 60% FGP, && 69% FTP
BlAKE GRiFFiN .. HE'S AlMOST AS ATHlETiC AS lEBRON [ NOT AS fAST && lEBRON HAS A 42 iNCH VERTiCAl && BlAKE ONlY HAS A 37 iNCH ] .. CAN REBOUND AS WEll AS ANYONE NOT NAMED DWiGHT HOWARD .. A DEVElOPiNG PERiMETER GAME .. HAS A NiCE HANDlE .. HAS GREAT POTENTiAl .. && AlSO iS DEVElOPiNG A POST GAME .. HE iS GONNA BE EVERYTHiNG THAT AMARE STOUDEMiRE SHOUlD'VE BEEN .. MY GUESS iS THAT HE WiLL AVERAGE AT lEAST 24 PTS, 12 REBS, 4 ASTS, 2 STlS, 1.5 BlKS
lEBRON jAMES .. NO COMPETiTiON .. THE MOST ATHlETiC PERSON TO EVER PlAY BASKETBAll .. WiTH HiS fOOTWORK iMPROViNG && HiS RANGE EXPANDiNG && HiS DEfENSiVE iNTENSiTY RiSiNG . .HE WiLL BE THE BEST EVER .. CAN PASS AS WEll AS MAGiC .. MAGiC jOHNSON Of 2010 .. MY GUESS iS THAT HE WiLL AVERAGE AT lEAST 30 PTS, 9 REBS, 8 ASTS, 2 STlS, 2 BlKS . .HE SHOUlD RETiRE WiTH AlEAST 5 MVPS, 2 DPOY's, 4 OR 5 RiNGS, AN ALL STAR GAME fOR EVERY YEAR Of HiS CAREER [ EXCEPT HiS ROOKiE YEAR], 10-11 All NBA 1ST TEAMS, && 8-9 All NBA DEfENSiVE fiRST TEAMS
Oj MAYO .. HE WiLL BE THE BEST 2 guard iN THE lEAGUE iN 5 YEARS .. THE NEXT D-WADE .. MY GUESS iS THAT HE WiLL AVERAGE AT lEAST 28 PTS, 5 REBS, 5 ASTS, 2 STlS, 0.5 BLKS
1A) CHRiS PAUl .. MY GUESS iS THAT HE WiLL AVERAGE AT lEAST 25 PTS 4 REBS 12 ASTS 3 STlS
1B) BRANDON jENNiNGS .. HE iS A MiX Of THE GREAT GUARDS--: iVERSON'S SPEED, QUiCKNESS, && BAll-HANDliNG .. HAS A REPORTEDlY 40 iNCH VERTiCAl && iS AS fAST AS ANYONE WiTH THE BAll iN HiS HANDS ..
MORE Of AN iVERSON TYPE THAT CAN PASS AS WEll AS A NASH .. MY GUESS iS THAT HE WiLL AVERAGE AT lEAST 24 PTS, 4 REBS, 12 ASTS, 2 STlS, 4 TOs
1C) DERRiCK ROSE .. D-Will'S STRENGTH, CP3'S QUiCKNESS .. THE MOST ATHlETiC PG iN THE lEAGUE .. MY GUESS iS THAT HE WiLL AVERAGE AT lEAST 23 PTS 5 REBS 8 ASTS 2 STLS 1 BLK
1D) JOHN WAll .. HE HAS A GREAT HANDlE, iS AS QUiCK AS A CAT, && iS VERY STRONG, CAN jUMP OUT Of THE GYM .. THE NEXT WADE .. MY GUESS iS THAT HE WiLL AVERAGE AT lEAST 25 PTS, 6 REBS, 7 ASTS, 2STLS, 1 BLK
KEViN DURANT .. MY GUESS iS THAT HE WiLL AVERAGE AT lEAST 33 PTS, 8 REBS, 4 ASTS, 1 BLKS, 1 STLS, 50% FGP, 40% 3PFG, 90% FTP
Dwight Howard, Brook Lopez, Andrew Bynum, Andris Biedrins, Andrea Bargnani
Outside Looking In: Joakim Noah, Kendrick Perkins, Greg Oden, Andrew Bogut, Emeka Okafor
Howard: Freak of nature, great athleticism, shot blocker, and rebounder. In 5 years will have reached his full potential, if he develops post moves, watch out.
Lopez: Had a great rookie season, good rebounder and shows great touch and shooting ability, should make plenty all star games.
Bynum: In 5 years would be a 9 year pro, and would have reached his full potential, long, athletic forward who is still getting better.
Biedrins: Averaged a double double as a 23 year old old last year, shows great potential, and could be a future all star,
Bargnani: Not your prototypical canter. Good face up game, great shooter, solid athleticism and ball handling ability. Raptors are slowly turning into his team..
My Pick: Dwight Howard.
Al Jefferson, Lamarcus Aldridge, Anthony Randolph, Michael Beasley, Chris Bosh
Outside Looking in: David West, Blake Griffin, Al Horford, Jason Thompson, David Lee, Amare Stoudamire
Jefferson: Already a 20-10 guy and a very yong age, when he reaches his full potential, watch out.
Aldridge: Great athlete, great touch, great off the pick and roll, should be a future all-star.
Randolph: The wild card, very athletic, good touch, decent shooting ability. Showed signs of a breakout year this year.
Beasley: Great potential, should have a breakout season this year, has a lot of room to grow, could be a 20-10 guy in the future and an all-star
Bosh: This last spot was between him and West. Bosh is a good face up post player with good athleticism, but could be slowly losing his team to Bargnani... but he is still one of the best forwards in the game.
My Pick: Al Jefferson, with Aldridge as a close second.
Lebron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Danny Granger, Andre Iguodala
Outside Looking In: Rudy Gay, Gerald Wallace, Josh Howard, Caron Butler
Lebron: Incredibly athletic, top 2 player in the league right now, still very young.
Durant: Future scoring champ for many years, could average 30 ppg and 7-10 rpg at any time, will win at least 1-2 mvp awards, will be a top 5 player in the NBA.
Anthony: Great scorer at a young age, athletic, already one of the best scorers in the league, and still will be in 5 years.
Granger: Another young player who is one of the best scorers in the league, had a breakout season last year, and will be a very good player in 5 years.
Iguodala: Incredibly athletic with great potential to be a star, will be a good scorer in the future, and is already a very good defender.
My Pick: Lebron, with Durant second.
Brandon Roy, Eric Gordon, OJ Mayo, Courtney Lee, Kevin Martin, Dwayne Wade
Outside Looking In: Joe Johnson, Monta Ellis, Nate Robinson, Ben Gordon, Kobe Bryant
Roy: Very good scorer at a young age, already one of the best players in the league and is an all star every year.
Gordon: Great rookie season, amazing scorer, and will only get better.
Mayo: Averaged nearly 20 ppg as a rookie last year, when you can do that, you have a bright future ahead of you.
Lee: Good shooter, and should be a good scorer in the league for years. Watch for a breakout season after being traded ot the nets.
Martin: Underrated player, one of the best scorers in the league, just needs to stay healthy.Watch out for him this year.
Wade: If he stays healthy, he is still one of hte best scorers in the league.
My Pick: Kobe and Johnson will be older and not at the game they are at now, Brandon Roy is my pick.
Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Devin Harris
Outside Looking In: Ramon Sessions, Aaron Brooks, Jameer Nelson, Deron Williams, TJ Ford, Rodney Stuckey, Brandon Jennings
Paul: The best pg in teh league now, still very young, will be a 20-10 player for many many years.
Rondo: Very athletic, great on the defensive end, great passer, good scorer. Could become the best pg in teh league if he gets that jumper better. Possible winner of an MVP and DPOY.
Rose: Very athletic, good scorer, and passer. TO are a problem though.
Westbrook: Great potential , extremely athletic, should be a superstar. Great on the defensive end and should win a bunch of awards.
Harris: Many people would say Deron here, but Harris is a very fast, great scorer, with good passing ability, and has already played in an all star game,and should play in more.
My Pick : CP3, with Rondo right behind him.
I agree with R-dot-13....
DURANT NEEDS TO BE ON THE LIST....
In three years I think that Durant will be a top 5 player in the league (maybe even top 3)....
Give the dude some love...
He plays in OKC so he gets to love....
He is so underated...and for the same reason as Durant...
Just because he plays in OKC...
He averaged 15ppg, 5 rpg, and 5 ast per game HIS ROOKIE YEAR...
I can see him turning out to be a 18ppg- 20ppg, 6rpg, and 8ast type of guy....
OKC OWNS THE FUTUTRE OF THE NBA....
THEY HAVE SO MUCH POTENTIAL...
and chances are they will have 2 more lottery picks next year!
(their own, and Phoenix who I do not think will make the playoffs.)
PG: Westbrook, Livingston, aTKINS
SG: Harden, Sefalosha, Weaver
SF: Durant, D. Mason
PF: Jeff Green, DJ WHITE, N. Collison
C: kRSTIC, bj mULLENS
(and they also have SERGE IBAKA comin from overseas.....who won the dunk contest in europe and is looking like a legit NBA player...check him out)
they are just straight scary....
The Thunder owns the future of the NBA .
sorry the Blazers will, Mullens will be a bust Oden will push him around the Thunder need a good center if they want to own the nba.
The blazers are also one of those great young teams...
I think the thunder are a lot like the Blazers...
Just about 1-2 years behind....
But I think that the thunder have more potential with Durant, Westbrook, Harden, Green, and two potential lottery picks next year....
Nice lists guys. It's okay if someone forgets a player or two here and there.
I disagree with Lee over Ellis. Ellis is proven 20+ point scorer. Lee is fairly good but isnt amazing at any one thing. Ellis has a ton of speed and is a good athlete. So is Lee but I think Ellis is better. Ellis might even be younger or the same age.
I think the Thunder have more potential too but if Bayless steps in and plays big minutes, I might have to change my mind. Also, Oden needs to not be hurt all the time.
The Thuder AND the Blazers are the future. And so are the Hawks
Claiming to be the future is overrated. There are countless teams that think they are the future but it never happens. In the 90's, Shaq and Penny were gonna lead the Magic to the title. Zo and Grandmama were the future. The Mavs with Kidd, Mash, and JJackson were the future. The TWolves with KG and Starbury were the future. The Bucks with VBaker, RAllen, and GRob were the future.
You either get it done or you don't. That's why predicting who will dominate the league in the next 5 years is pointless.
Did that dude say John Wall will average 26ppg, 6rpg and 7apg?
yes, he did .
Rose doesn't average that and he's much better than Wall
Rose was a rookie, not that I'm agreeing with it, but Rose could get there.
I don't get the, "This team is the future, that team is the future" stuff.
The Bulls a few years ago with Chandler, Curry, Deng, Gordon, and Hinrich were "the future" with a piece here or there missing and all of them could be traded or signed elsewhere by next season (probably not Deng though).
Look at the Magic this year, they had Howard who they drafted and the rest of their playoff starting lineup were either trades or signed free agents. Oh except for Courtney Lee, who they just traded.
The Lakers have Kobe (who they drafted) and the next 2 or 3 guys are Gasol, Odom, and Fischer who either were brought in by trades (Gasol, Odom) or came back to the team (Fischer). Trevor Ariza was drafted by the Knicks, only Bynum was brought in by the draft.
My point is, none of the champions of late draft an entire starting lineup anymore. They mostly draft pieces, get 1 or 2 studs and build around them. If the Thunder are competing for a championship with Durant, Green, Harden, Westbrook, etc. it will be a rarity. Plus, can Portland really afford to pay all of their young talent? I see Roy being locked up for years in Portland, but will they be able to keep both Aldridge and Oden? Will Oden be worth a huge contract with Portland if they are in title contention in the next 2 years? He will probably not be at a Top 5 level but SOME NBA team will offer him HUGE money if he shows potential. Will Portland risk forfeiting ALL of their cap space to give Roy, Aldridge, and Oden near-max deals? Or, will Portland trade Oden for talent in return so that they retain some flexibility and still get talent in return to help them compete for a championship? Seriously, he's already half way through his rookie contract, hasn't really done much yet (especially not for a #1 pick) but 25 teams in the league would trade for him right now.
Young "nucleus" doesn't really mean anything in the NBA anymore. Not in my opinion.
Greg Oden has no reason to ask for a big contract. And if he does, the team he signs with that is dumb enough to do it will want to get rid of him after he underachieves. The Blazers can live without Oden. Aldridge is alot more productive, but is he worth a max-deal? Dont get me wrong, he is worth alot because has plenty of talent and he still has upside, but why give him a max-deal? Roy is the only player on their roster worth max money. Even without Aldridge or Oden, they have Bayless, Outlaw, Batum, Channing Frye (who probably isnt a long term guy, but he has trade value) so they have other pieces besides those 3.
sorry about Durant forgot about him, he'll probably be better than Anthony and behind James.
that i truly feel dwight howards offensive game will improve jus the slightest bit. and his free thows will be the exact same. maybe slightly better. dwight will be very consistent with all his numbers