5 NBA Teams with a Brighter Future

Dwight Howard making a move to get past the defender Photo by Christopher Dempsey http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_25304517/dempsey-houston-rockets-are-scary-team-watch
Dwight Howard making a move to get past the defender
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The Houston Rockets are led by center, Dwight Howard, Guard, James Harder, and Forward, Chandler parsons. Howard has been in dominant form with the Rockets and 18.9 points, 12.4 rebounds. James Harden is also having a good year as he currently ranks 5th in the NBA at averaging 24.6 points per game. Parsons is a young talented player and has career high averages, even with having two superstars on his team. The Rockets also have a lot of players who have a lot of potential such as Terrance Ross and Patrick Beverly. Now, all the Rockets need is an effective bench and to avoid injuries. The Rockets bench has been sub-par all season and they need to pick it up if the Rockets want to win a championship.

Stephan Curry dribbles the ball against Tony Parker. Photo by Ronald Martinez http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/-1gzjGmHlqc/Golden+State+Warriors+v+San+Antonio+Spurs/Dk2ygiGr6dy/Stephen+Curry
Stephan Curry dribbles the ball against Tony Parker.
Photo by Ronald Martinez
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The Warriors have Stephan Curry who is an outstanding point guard and is arguably the best shooter in the NBA. Klay Thomson has been improving and getting better all season and forward, Andre Igoudala is the great perimeter defender that the Warriors have lacked in previous seasons. David Lee gets tons of double doubles and puts up good numbers. When healthy, Andrew Bogut, is also a major factor on both ends of the floor. Harrison Barnes has been inconsistent but is a very young player who is looking to develop. The Warriors need to figure out what rotation works best for them and if they are able to develop core players they will look very good in the playoffs.

Trailblazers celebrate with Damian Lillard after he makes two clutch shots. Photo by David Richard http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/nba-power-rankings-blazers-push-pacers-top-spot-article-1.1553900
Trailblazers celebrate with Damian Lillard after he makes two clutch shots.
Photo by David Richard
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The Trailblazers have an amazing combo forward LaMarcus Aldridge and point guard Damian Lillard. Lillard won rookie of the year last season and is averaging averaging 20.8 points and 5.6 assists per game. Aldridge is 7th in the league in points and rebounds. He averages 23.6 points and 11.2 rebounds. The team needs another strong player to be the third star. At the beginning of the season Nicolas Batum looked liked that guy but his numbers have declined. They could also use another big man to pair with Aldridge.

Bradly Beal and John Wall celebrate after a win Photo by Geoff Burke http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wizards-insider/wp/2013/12/16/wizards-at-knicks-game-23-open-thread/
Bradly Beal and John Wall celebrate after a win
Photo by Geoff Burke
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The Wizards have a terrific backcourt with John Wall and Bradley Beal. Wall has become an All Star and Beal has established himself as a deadly outside shooter. The Wizards also have very good role players with Nene and Martel Webster. The Wizards need to make sure Marcin Gortat sticks around or they would need to get another player to fill his role. the Wizards also need to make a good pick in the upcoming draft. This pick could either make or break their team. They would also need a bit more depth on the bench for longer playoff runs.

 

Lance Thomas celebrates basket by Austin Rivers Photo by Thomas B. Shea http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/B_zqYaQgm1F/New+Orleans+Pelicans+v+Houston+Rockets/5kIpqUX1htr/Austin+Rivers
Lance Thomas celebrates basket by Austin Rivers
Photo by Thomas B. Shea
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The big man, Anthony Davis has sprouted into a potential superstar. He is averaging 20.4 points, 10.1 rebounds and a league-leading 2.9 blocks per game. The Pelicans also have a very solid point guard in Jrue Holiday, talented Eric Gordon, and key reserve Tyreke Evans. To keep getting better they are going to need to learn how to keep healthy and not get to many injuries. There is always multiple players on the Pelicans who seem to  be injured. They could also use another quality player who is able to play center or power forward with Anthony Davis.

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