Almost one decade ago, the Golden State Warriors were a rebuilding organization who used the NBA Draft to select a few future Hall-of-Famers in Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
Team management put together a young roster that became a dynasty, winning three titles in the past four seasons. Soon enough, a new dynasty can emerge one of the many rising franchises featuring lucrative young talent. Players in their late teens and early twenties could soon become MVP winners if everything goes right.
Of course, winning the lottery and drafting Zion Williamson in June would unequivocally brighten up the future of any organization. For the purpose of this article, we will focus on the team’s current young players and assets. In other words, who we expect to be All-Star caliber players in 2022 or 2024.
So, who will be the next Golden State of the NBA in three to five years from now? Here are the top twelve teams with the most promising futures in all of basketball.
12. Atlanta Hawks
Potential All-Star Talent: Trae Young and John Collins.
Promising Role Players: Kevin Huerter and Taurean Prince.
11. Los Angeles Lakers
Potential All-Star Talent: Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram.
Promising Role Players: Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart.
10. Sacramento Kings
Potential All-Star Talent: Buddy Hield, De’Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley III.
Promising Role Players: Willie Cauley-Stein and Harry Giles.
9. Chicago Bulls
Potential All-Star Talent: Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter.
Promising Role Player: Kris Dunn.
7. Minnesota Timberwolves
Current All-Star, Future MVP Candidate: Karl-Anthony Towns
Potential All-Star Talent: Andrew Wiggins.
Promising Role Players: Dario Saric and Josh Okogie.
7. Utah Jazz
Current All-Star Talents, Future All-NBA Players: Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert.
Promising Role Players: Dante Exum and Rouce O’Neale
6. Phoenix Suns
Potential All-Star Talent: Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton.
Promising Role Players: Josh Jackson, Mikal Bridges and TJ Warren.
5. Boston Celtics
Potential All-Star Talent: Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
Promising Role Players: Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier (2019 UFA).
Bonus: stash of first-round picks (potentially four in 2019)
4. Denver Nuggets
Current All-Star, Future MVP Candidate: Nikola Jokic.
Potential All-Star Talent: Jamal Murray and Gary Harris.
Promising Role Players: Malik Beasley, Monte Morris, Michael Porter Jr. and Trey Lyles.
3. Milwaukee Bucks
Potential G.O.A.T. for the 2020 decade: Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Potential All-Star Talent: Malcolm Brogdon.
2. Philadelphia 76ers
Current All-Star, Future MVP Candidates: Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.
1. Dallas Mavericks
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Potential G.O.A.T. for the 2020 decade: Luka Doncic.
All-Star Talent On The Rise: Kristaps Porzingis.