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Major Cold
01-01-2010, 08:09 PM
While there is much debate over the last ten years (Spurs or Lakers).

Who do you see being the best team of the next decade? Since Wade, Lebron, and Bosh are FA this might be a hard one.

Thesterovic
01-01-2010, 08:23 PM
OKC, LA, or if LeBron decides to go with a decent team, that team.

PaceBalls
01-01-2010, 08:23 PM
I like Portland and OK city in a few years if all goes well. Atlanta as well, they are going to be contenders for a long time. Orlando maybe, they need to retool around Dwight to stay contenders. And of course, once Larry's 3 year plan comes to fruition we will be winning at least 3 championships. It will be just like the 5 game win streak but over multiple seasons!!

Thesterovic
01-01-2010, 08:24 PM
I sure do hope and wish.

BlueNGold
01-01-2010, 08:27 PM
The Knicks

Lance George
01-01-2010, 08:27 PM
The Brooklyn Nets with LeBron, Brook Lopez, and John Wall.

PaceBalls
01-01-2010, 08:31 PM
The Brooklyn Nets with LeBron, Brook Lopez, and John Wall.

Wow, that would be something. It could really happen too.

Major Cold
01-01-2010, 08:44 PM
I think God is going to punish the NBA by giving the first pick to the Wolves.

Rubio, Flynn, and Wall.

joew8302
01-01-2010, 08:49 PM
I see the Lakers, safest pick there is.

Brad8888
01-01-2010, 08:57 PM
The Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

After the early domination by the traditional Lakeshow and short term Celts rivalry over the next year or two, the summer of Lebron etc. will occur, as will a possible lockout. What happens to the league after that is virtually impossible to know, other than believing that the tradition of large market teams continuing to have the upper hand due to their willingness to spend whatever it takes to an extent even in the face of the horrendous luxury tax which actually does the opposite of what it is designed to do, which is to establish a more even competition among franchises for talented players. Now, those willing to spend the most into luxury tax territory due to having the ownership with the deepest pockets tend to end up with more of the better free agents.

So, New York, LA, Boston, and possibly Dallas, with an outside shot of Portland making it to elite status for a while seem to be the safe bets.

NZPacer
01-02-2010, 12:18 AM
Sacramento

Trader Joe
01-02-2010, 12:20 AM
Thunder.

vnzla81
01-02-2010, 12:26 AM
The Lakers, they still have like 5 years left of contending maybe more, Kobe is 30, Gasol is 29,Artest 28, Bynum 22, Odom 28 and they always get good players. Another team is going to be the Cleveland Cavaliers, Lebron is not going anywhere and they are going to have cap space next year to sign whoever they want.

cdash
01-02-2010, 01:00 AM
Whoever signs LeBron.

Besides that, OKC.

dohman
01-02-2010, 01:24 AM
Dallas...

Probably not but it would be exciting if the pacers do not turn the corner.

Sollozzo
01-02-2010, 01:44 AM
Lakers for a while. Kobe still has quite a bit of years left in him and Gasol still isn't 30 yet. Odom and Artest are right at 30.

Thunder. Kevin Durrant is an absolute gem, and is surrounded by some studs. That team is going to be in the WCF's in a couple of years.

Whatever team Lebron is on. If the Cavs don't make it to the finals, then I think there's a good chance that's the Knicks.

HOOPFANATIC
01-02-2010, 10:21 AM
Cleveland Cavaliers in the East

Los Angeles Lakers in the West

CableKC
01-02-2010, 10:28 AM
I'll go with Thingfish, Blazers and OKC are really building a solid Team for the future.

Hopefully we'll start doing that in another 2 years.

xtacy
01-02-2010, 10:46 AM
lakers for sure.

other than that i like okc.

Justin Tyme
01-02-2010, 12:22 PM
LAKERS. Just too much talent for other teams to overcome.

bulldog
01-02-2010, 12:28 PM
New York Knicks. LeBron just seems to enjoy hamming it up for the cameras too much, NY seems like a natural destination for him.

Anyway, it's wherever LeBron ends up, easy as that.

The Thunder have a long way to go before they're elite. And even when Portland was full strength, they didn't look too convincing. Honestly, I think they end up as the Chicago of this decade - a team of talented players who never really put it together the way they were projected to, and then the window passed.

jhondog28
01-02-2010, 12:45 PM
LA...............Clippers!!!!!!!!!!!!

Will Galen
01-02-2010, 02:45 PM
I would say the Lakers, Cleveland, and whoever gets John Wall.

pacers_heath
01-02-2010, 02:56 PM
Pacers

AesopRockOn
01-02-2010, 03:26 PM
Maybe the question should be: "where do people think Lebron is going?"

Sollozzo
01-02-2010, 03:57 PM
The Thunder have a long way to go before they're elite.

I think it's just a matter of a couple of years. They have already won 18 games this year after winning just 23 last season. They are improving rapidly, have one of the best players in the NBA, have a solid coach in Brooks, and a good GM in Sam Presti.

Durant has rapidly become one of the best players in the league at just 21 years of age. It's scary to think how good he's going to be when he hits his prime years. He's going to reach Kobe/Lebron status, where the team he's on is always going to be good as long as there is an OK cast around him, heck he might already be there. Simmons made a good point on PTI when he said that it really wouldn't take that much for him to be just as good as Lebron is. The exciting thing about the Thunder is that they seem to be putting a really good young cast around Durant. Jeff Green and Russell Westbrook have turned out to be very players, and are roughly the same age as Durant. That trio will grow together and become one of the deadliest in the NBA.

Another thing I like so much about them is that they seem to enjoy playing together so much. I have read many quotes from Durant and others saying that they hang out all the time and have become good friends.

I feel good for the fans of Oklahoma City. They deserve an exciting team like this after the way they embraced the Hornets as their own for those 2 years after Hurricane Katrina. It's like a college atmosphere there. Durant and the others say that they love the support they get there from the fans. Everything Durant says points to him staying there for a long, long time.

I hope they get in the playoffs this year. They could be a big first round headache for someone. Next year I might get league pass just to watch them. Outside of the Pacers, I think I have more interest in them than any other team in the NBA.

DrBadd01
01-02-2010, 04:04 PM
The Pacers. (yes I am a homer) Come Summer of 2011 we will have tons of cap room and if we get lucky a top 5 pick in the last two drafts. This is a excellent base to build a team off of.

bulldog
01-02-2010, 04:14 PM
I think it's just a matter of a couple of years. They have already won 18 games this year after winning just 23 last season. They are improving rapidly, have one of the best players in the NBA, have a solid coach in Brooks, and a good GM in Sam Presti.

Yes, but that gap between talented young team and elite is really big. Pau Gasol's Grizzlies were that team for a while. Then the Hinrich-Gordon-Deng Bulls. Now the Blazers. Each of these teams have shown that being a first-round exit, young and talented team does not necessarily mean you'll steadily improve and work your way toward being a championship contender.

In fact, if you look at the championship contenders, they've mostly made major free agents signings or moves rather than grown organically: Boston (KG/Ray Allen trades), Orlando (Rashard Lewis signing), LA (Pau trade), Denver (Billups trade). If you look at past years elite teams, the trend continues: Miami (Shaq trade), Dallas (about eighting different free eighty agent acquisitions and signings), Phoenix (Steve Nash signing). Probably the team that has grown the most organically is the LeBron James Cavs, but that's because that team is LeBron and little else. You can make the case that Orlando also grew around Howard and Nelson, although as I mentioned they also made big trades and acquisitions. That Dallas team has also grown around a core of Nowitzki, Terry, and Howard, but for this season they added Kidd and Marion. San Antonio grew organically, but was dependent on getting a first overall pick to snag Duncan and striking it HUGE with Parker and Ginobli, an unlikelihood probably related to the globalization of the NBA that's unlikely to repeat now that everyone has scouts in France and Italy.

Now, obviously every champion team is a combination of draft picks, free agent signings, and players steadily improving over time. But I think a good young core like the Thunders only gets you to a point. Historically, you're still dependent on making one clincher, splashy move to get you over the top. And predicting which teams will make a big, successful trade or free agent signing is inherently difficult. So even though the Thunder have a really good base to build on, and they're in a better position than most of the teams in the league, there's still a really big, really unpredictable step they have to climb to be elite, and they're just as likely to become the Bulls as they are the Lakers.

In my mind, LeBron's the only guy in the league that has shown he can almost single-handedly convert a team from mediocre to elite. Which is why the only prediction I feel semi-confident making is that wherever he goes, his team will be good.

Wu-Gambino
01-02-2010, 04:29 PM
Not knowing too much about the NBA's salary cap, how realistic is it for the Thunder to be able to resign the Durant-Green-Westbrook combo?

I can't imagine how good the Thunder would be if they picked Evans over Harden. Harden looks solid, but Evans is amazing this year.

sweabs
01-02-2010, 11:00 PM
I feel good for the fans of Oklahoma City. They deserve an exciting team like this after the way they embraced the Hornets as their own for those 2 years after Hurricane Katrina. It's like a college atmosphere there. Durant and the others say that they love the support they get there from the fans. Everything Durant says points to him staying there for a long, long time.
Completely understand where you are coming from. With that said, I cannot embrace the same sentiment. Every time I catch myself thinking, "God, this team is fun to watch" - I'm reminded of the thousands of Sonics fans who are sitting at home with nothing.