I’d rather have Chris Paul right now. But in three years, Ball, George, Randle, Ingram and X could be a contending core. At the start of the 2013-14 season, no one would have coveted a core of Curry, Thompson and Green. Now, you couldn’t get that for a king’s ransom. Lots of people thought all of those guys were pretty good players. No one thought they would all be all stars. Green was coming off a rookie season where he averaged 3 points a game. Klay Thompson had played two very solid, but not spectacular years and looked like a rotation piece, but not a star. Curry was becoming a star, and was coming off a season where he attempted 600 threes for the first time, but no one could have seen a 400 make season coming.
That’s what I am point to. The Lakers in three years could have a core that represents where basketball is going with Ball (a passing and three point shooting PG), Ingram (maybe he unlocks his Durant lite potential), George (a two way star), Randle (a PF that can handle the basketball and rebound), and whatever X turns out to be. That’s better than having Paul, George and Jordan right now because that group is unlikely to be good enough to take down Golden State right now.
Truthfully, I would rather have what Minnesota has simmering (Towns, Wiggins, Lavine, this year’s #7 pick and a solid bench) than just about anything (you have to worry that Philly may never be able to keep Embiid and Simmons on the floor enough together to achieve what they could do) anywhere else in the league.
Best current NBA situations:
- Boston - really good team, top pick, a star (Thomas) and a developing star (Brown).
- Golden State - historically great team in its prime. They won’t be this good in five years, but they could stay this good for the next three.
- Cleveland - historically great player extending his prime, with two bona fide all stars entering their primes. They, like Golden State, lack the ability to add another great young player through the draft, but as long as Lebron is Lebron, they are here.
- San Antonio - because its the Spurs and they do this better than anyone.
- Houston - recognized the revolution before almost anyone else.
- Minnesota - best situation of all the non-playoff teams with super young talent.
- Philly - if everyone can stay healthy
- Lakers - If they get the draft right, they can turn things around in a real hurry with free agency.
Last New York - Just a mess no matter how you look at it.