What are some of the best young cores in the NBA today? Which teams do you think in 3-4 years will be contenders if they stick with their youth?(I did 25 and under.)
Edited for consensus:
#1ThunderWe all know that drafting has really done these guys good, and being the youngest team in the league, they are a model for all small market teams.
#2ClippersEveryone seems to be jumping on the Clippers band wagon, and there is plenty of room. The question always remains though, what will Mr. Sterling do? We have seen the Clippers in this position plenty, plenty, plenty of times, where they amass a great core of young guys, and then for some reason they are all gone by free agency, injuries or crazy trades.
Bledsoe, Willie Warren
#3?Pacers:As a team we are doing well getting guys in every position, if we can develop these guys, we should be contenders for years in the East
Wizards:With a few more lottery picks, and some playing time the wiz are making moves to build a contender also.
Raptors: This team seems to lose every all star they get, but through it all they have picked up some good young players, now they just need time and some more picks.
Ed Davis, Amir Johnson
Rockets This team really has a ton of talent, but like every year, they fail to win against the way better teams in the west, and they always have injury problems. On a good note, they have picked up some really good young talent to play behind their older guys.
Brooks, Lowry, Ish Smith
GrizzliesThis team has done great on the drafting side, but only Rudy Gay has really panned out to his full potential, with Conley and Gasol showing some good game also, but none-the-less it hasn't transfered into many wins.
Gay, Young, Carol
Gasol, Thabeet, Hadadi
TWolves:So much talent, so little direction. This is one of those teams we will look back at, after these players have gone on to other teams and succeeded, and think what a waste.
Rubio, Flynn, Telfair
Wes Johnson, Webster, Ellington
Beasley, Brewer, Hayward,
Darko, Pekovic, Kosta
Warriors:Just like always the Warriors are a talented team that seems to always just waste it.
Curry, Lin, Law
Dorrell Wright, Udoh
Kings: They remind me of the wizards of the west, they are silently rebuilding, and will be a great team in due time.