How i see the NBA three to five years from now
1.LeBron will already have won an NBA championship , and will undoubtedly be the best player.
2.Kobe will be on the decline of his career with maybe 1 more championship added to his resume
3.There will be emerging young stars such as Wall, Rubio, Jennings, Motiejunas ,Griffin, Stephenson, Favors,and Stephenson (WILD GUESS)
4.Durant will be the next generation scoring machine
5.Nuggets,Magic,Cavs,Lakers,Rockets will make multiple finals appearances
6.Cats,Kings,and OKC will be in the playoffs
7.Mayo,Rose,D-Will,Beasley will be All-Stars
8.A.I. and T-Mac will have 1 last shot at winning
CRAZY POST but i was bored any disagreements or want to add?
can't disagree with anything, but seems pretty obvious.
I dont agree 100 percent with the magic making multiple appearances. Espicially now that hedo is probably leaving. Nelson and Howard are great players to build around. Lewis is older than people think. Lee is going to be a solid player. Hedo hit almost every big shot for the magic in the playoffs. So i think they might pursue Ben Gordon if they can afford him. Grant Hill could be an option but he would probably be a one and done. And remember the eastern conference is going to be tough. Cavs will be good. Celtics have 2 good years left i think. Bulls are a very talented young group. 76ers gave the Magic all they could handle this year and there very young. Atlanta is a very good team. Toronto has the talent to be a good team. The Wizards now that Gilbert is back will make a little noise.
I agree that Lebron will be the best, Kobe will be on the downslope, and Durant will be a scoring machine. But how can you predict the teams that will get to the finals? Anything could happen in Cleveland, Denver, or Orlando. Many things can happen and right now, I think the Lakers and Celtics would have to be the favorites for next year.
are already trying to dismantle that team with the rond talks and ray allen talks, who knows ho KG will b next year health wise, and paul pierce is really slowing down
watch out for rondo....he is like oscar robertson's long lost son...
wheres Portland they should be a contender in a couple years?
there already contenders
Portland is already good & will be in the title hunt sooner rather than later.
Oh, and A.I. is done - he won't get near the finals.
for the grizzlies too they hae a good young core
i don't believe that ai and tmac have any more shots at winning to be honest. but i agree with everything else.
tmac hasnt had one shot at winning yet
But, I do not think you really go out on a line. The NBA now is so unpredictable as well that something crazy could happen which shakes up the league, especially with all this chaos theory 2010 stuff approaching. Here are a few guesses that I might regret making, but why not. The way I see things happening in the next 3-5 years:
Best C: Dwight Howard
Best PF: Amare Stoudemire
Best SF: LeBron James
Best SG: Dwyane Wade
Best PG: Derrick Rose
Best player in the world: LeBron James
Most likely to have a couple scoring titles: Kevin Durant
Teams most likely to be near the bottom of the league: I honestly would have to say Cleveland, as I think they need to win next year to keep LeBron. I also think Boston will have imploded, the Mavericks will be dead, and Phoenix could have some real issues. I say this thinking that these teams will have lost all their star power by than, but it could change with free agency. As much as the Celtics have Rondo and all, as soon as all those other guys bite the dust, that team is going to be in trouble.
Team That Could Surprise: The Miami Heat. I think is they pick up Chris Bosh, teaming him with Wade and Michael Beasley, they could be a team that is very tough to beat. They have some other young pieces I really like, and I used to think Bosh would follow LeBron, but I am kind of thinking he will follow Wade. This team might take a year or two to gel, but it could be a potential championship team, as Wade would not even necessarily have to be Kobe as Bosh/Beasley, would probably trump Gasol/Odom. This team could have real trouble with a healthy Lakers squad though, assuming all those pieces are signed and Farmar or someone else have solved their point guard issue. The Lakers also lack depth at big, as much as it is sweet having Odom play 6th man, it is an issue they might need to address. Still, I think the Miami team could be very intriguing.
Move That Most Likely Won't Surprise: I keep jumping over the fence on this, but I ultimately think it is inevitable that LeBron goes to New York. Sure, New York has been awful, but look who has been on their team over these past few years. Was their a guy on New York who would have considered a top 10 player in the league for the last 5 years? If you would, than you might want to evaluate how you rank players, but I am sure most of you know what I am saying. I am not one of these NBA conspiracy theorists that says that the NBA is going to make LeBron play on a big market team. However, I think New York has made some shrewd moves that will probably help them sign a couple big name free agents in 2010, and that if one of them is LeBron, they might have the personnel to make Mike D'Antoni's system work. It is not that D'Antoni's system is bad, or that they do not play any defense. It was that his player personnel need to be utterly ridiculous to make this system work. I think if the Knicks draft Stephen Curry, it would be amazing fun to see he and LeBron playing together, he would be a better scorer than even Mo Williams. The Cavs management really tried to keep him, and picking up Mo Williams made it seem like it was working, but I have never seen a team go from destroying two teams in the play-offs to "utter garbage" so quickly. They panicked and signed Larry Hughes, which lead them to panicking and trading Larry Hughes, which lead them to starting Delonte West (who I really like, but would not be ideal) at 2, and having Wally and Ben Wallace coming off the bench. It was a trade I didn't mind at the time, and probably was no worse than if they had not done it, but still did not get LeBron the guys he needed. Also, they overpaid for Ilgauskas, who is a complete defensive liability at this point, and they had no depth at big whatsoever outside of I believe signing Joe Smith for the minimum, and we saw how well that worked. If he goes to New York he has a better coach (yes, Mike D'Antoni is a better coach than Mike Brown, he won coach of the year too in Phoenix), better players around him and a better chance to get whatever he wants. I mean, as much as I think that New Yorks owner is a schmoe, he has shown absolute willingness to spend his ass off on the most mediocre of players. If he gets a guy like LeBron, who will tell him the exact guys he wants, the luxury tax will never be an issue. Hell, I could even see a possibility of Shaq, Amare and Nash all jumping ship to play in New York for a year and win a ring (well, that is not going to happen, but it would be fun). This could be crazy, as I think LeBron would honestly love to be the guy who establishes a dynasty in Cleveland, but if he has a better chance of winning in New York, I think he will take it.
As for AI and T-Mac, I am sure they will want to go to places where they could contribute to winning a ring, but what team in the mention of winning a ring would fork out the dough that they will want? I would be very surprised if either of those guys would take a pay cut to win a title, very surprised. As for Shaq, as much as I think it is his last year, I would see there being a possibility he takes a pay cut to try and win one more ring in 2010-11. Just a hunch.
Team that very well could beat them all: Portland Trail Blazers. The way the team is set up, it is hard not to be excited for their future. I still think Oden could be a stud, and even if he just a role guy, well having Andrew Bynum was alright this year for the Lakers. It will be very hard to keep this team intact, as the money will undoubtedly become an issue, as will minutes. But Brandon Roy is already considered one of the better players in the league by many, and LaMarcus Aldridge is extremely skilled and athletic for his size, not to mention his willingness to put in work and 7-6 wing span. I also see Martell and Batum becoming a solid duo at the 3, and I think that Rudy Fernandez could be that Ginobili type player. His shot is just automatic at times, and he has an incredibly high basketball IQ. If they manage to play Jerryd Bayless, I think he is a killer and could definitely hold his own as a scoring point guard teamed with Brandon or Rudy. The team is deep, and will most likely get players that increase its depth by subtraction of some of the parts that are worth giving up. Needless to say, I see the Blazers competing for a ring the year after this, and I think this will be a tough to split up and liken them to almost a Spurs type team down the line.
Speaking of the Spurs, I see them still being a middle of the pack team at least in 5 years time, as I am sure they will have players that step in and fill in roles, they are a well managed squad. Teams that will be on the rise would be Oklahoma City and probably Chicago, as I think Derrick Rose will get guys to come in and play there. I do not see this draft having guys to build championships around, but in 3-5 years, some of these guys drafted in the first few picks could be solid role players on championship teams, as I am sure trades for them will be rampant. With the way things look in the league right now, in 5 years there could be some changes that lead to a couple of very dominant teams, and you would have to love that. I hope in that time, teams will develop rivalries once again, as that has seemed to have fade for quite a while.
Oh and I forgot to add a list of guys who will be All-Stars in the next of 3-5 years:
Deron Williams (more than deserving, victim of a strong western conference)
Stephen Curry (contingent on him playing with LeBron in NY, lol)
Al Farouq-Aminu (I am serious, I like his game a lot)
Well, that is a good list, they I am sure others might disagree. Those are quite a few players, but a lot of changes happen in 5 years time.
were soo interested in my topic to take all that time on ur post and i agree with 99% of it(i think john wall, jennings,and rubio can all give rose a run for his money) and like your boldness
Wow, I think that is the best post i've seen on these forums. And i agree with a lot of it. At the end you mentioned something about adding rivalries, and I think if both teams stay with the guys they have now and add a few guys here and there, OKC-Portland could be a terrific rivalry in a few short years. I see Durant and Roy matching up in conference championships for years to come.
I could see that happening. Portland is closer to believe, but OKC has some fantastic pieces. Kevin Durant is going to the best player on either team, but I like of course how deep Portland's front court seems to be. Thank you, and I really like that as a potential rivalry, I can already see it stemming as I want Greg to kill it every time he plays those guys since he gets so much shit with all of Durant's early individual success. Both times in Portland, Greg was a beast, and I just hope that keeps up.
3-5 years I agree with most of what your wrote except can't see Rockets, Cavs making the finals at all.
Rockets need Tmac & Yao both to be healthy which probly won't happen since Tmac will be traded.
LeBron gets a ring if he actually has some help.
Best C: Dwight Howard
Best PF: Chris Bosh
Best SF: LeBron James
Best SG: Brandon Roy/Wade toss up
Best PG: Chris Paul
I don't buy the hype of Rose he had a good rookie year but he's not Chris Paul who's still getting better. Same with Amare unless he plays some D & starts using his post up game.
Surprise Team Oklahoma Thunder, one way or another they will get a quality big man to play with Durant & Co. they have quality young guys improving in 3 years that team will be real contenders.
I agree Amare & Nash would love to play for D'Antoni. However I think once LeBron decides he's playing in NY guys like Bosh will sign with the Knicks too. I'd rather have him than Amare anyway younger, plays more defense and no injuries. Nash might come here for a year or two esp. w/Phoenix rebuilding. If he gets hurt Kidd is always a possibility he knows how to run a team is a better defender and hasn't slowed down much at all yet. Other Vets might come to for a championship run with LeBron & Co.
Will be a top 5 western Conference Team....they have alot of talent and especially if they draft a great floor general( Rubio or Flynn) OKC will be too if they draft HAsheem Thabeet
nice post! i also agree.
KINGS top 5 interesting, they have a couple of nice young bigs in Hawes and Thompson they aren't exactly as good as the Clippers bigs. They will get a good PG definately but the rest of the team is weak, Kenny Thomas has been on the team since 05 ouch. Best thing the team has going for is Kevin Martin and big expiring contracts after this year. Worst record in the league for a reason they won't get better until they get multiple successful picks and some free agent talent. Paul Westphal as coach is an improvement but damn he's 58 now couldn't get land a younger guy. If they got the top pick would've been a great step in the right direction with Griffin.
C Dwight Howard
Pf Al Jefferson
Sf Lebron James
Sg Brandon Roy
Pg Chris Paul
i put Jefferson because hes young and on a bad team he should have amazing stats.
Best Player: Lebron James
Scoring Title: Michael Beasly if Wade leaves hell be forced to shoot like crazy if not its a toss up between James and Durant
Teams at the bottom of the League: im going with miami i dont they will be able to resign Wade Beasly will be great but this team might not be good enough to keep wade. and i agree Phoenix, and Dallas will e near the bottom of the league.
Potentiol all-stars: Jonny Flynn, Blake Griffan, James Harden, Eric Gordan, Michael Beasly.
East: Magic they still have young players like Howard and Jameer Nelson.
West: Portland they will be the best team in the league in a couple years.
Suprise Teams: the clippers, they have a lot of good players i think they will be a top 5 team 3-5 years from now. some other teams are Charlotte, and OKC.