ESPN Future Power Rankings

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  1. J.R.

    J.R. Contributing Member

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    http://www.espn.com/nba/insider/sto...y-marks-project-best-teams-next-three-seasons

    1. Golden State Warriors | Overall: 86.3 | (Previous rank: No. 1)
    2. Boston Celtics | Overall: 76.0 | (Previous rank: 3)
    3. Houston Rockets | Overall: 70.0 | (Previous rank: 9)

    A year ago, we were skeptical of the Rockets' direction building around star James Harden. That looks foolish now, after Houston won 55 games and then landed perhaps the best player to change teams this summer, All-Star point guard Chris Paul.

    Only the Warriors scored better in the players category than the Rockets, who boast a number of capable role players to complement Paul and Harden. And with Mike D'Antoni winning Coach of the Year while GM Daryl Morey was a close second for Executive of the Year, Houston has jumped to fourth in management.

    The Rockets still must re-sign Paul next summer, and a new contract for him plus Harden's designated player extension would mean significant luxury taxes for new owner Tilman Fertitta. Nonetheless, Houston looks like one of the biggest threats to Golden State going forward.

    -- Kevin Pelton

    4. San Antonio Spurs | Overall: 67.1 | (Previous rank: 4)
    5. Minnesota Timberwolves | Overall: 57.7 | (Previous rank: 5)
    6. Philadelphia 76ers | Overall: 57.5 | (Previous rank: 14)
    7. Cleveland Cavaliers | Overall: 57.3 | (Previous rank: 2)
    8. Denver Nuggets | Overall: 56.0 | (Previous rank: 17)
    9. Washington Wizards | Overall: 55.6 | (Previous rank: 17)
    T-10. Utah Jazz | Overall: 55.0 | (Previous rank: 6)
    T-10. Portland Trail Blazers | Overall: 55.0 | (Previous rank: 8)
    12. Toronto Raptors | Overall: 53.8 | (Previous rank: 10)
    13. Los Angeles Clippers | Overall: 52.3 | (Previous rank: 7)
    14. Miami Heat | Overall: 52.1 | (Previous rank: 12)
    15. Oklahoma City Thunder | Overall: 51.3 | (Previous rank: 11)
    16. Milwaukee Bucks | Overall: 50.4 | (Previous rank: 22)
    17. Los Angeles Lakers | Overall: 47.7 | (Previous rank: 25)
    18. Detroit Pistons | Overall: 47.1 | (Previous rank: 15)
    19. Charlotte Hornets | Overall: 45.6 | (Previous rank: 20)
    20. Dallas Mavericks | Overall: 44.6 | (Previous rank: 26)
    21. Orlando Magic | Overall: 42.9 | (Previous rank: 16)
    22. Memphis Grizzlies | Overall: 41.3 | (Previous rank: 28)
    23. New Orleans Pelicans | Overall: 40.6 | (Previous rank: 17)
    24. New York Knicks | Overall: 39.6 | (Previous rank: 27)
    25. Indiana Pacers | Overall: 36.9 | (Previous rank: 13)
    26. Phoenix Suns | Overall: 36.5 | (Previous rank: 24)
    27. Brooklyn Nets | Overall: 36.0 | (Previous rank: 29)
    28. Atlanta Hawks | Overall: 34.2 | (Previous rank: 23)
    29. Sacramento Kings | Overall: 32.1 | (Previous rank: 30)
    30. Chicago Bulls | Overall: 31.3 | (Previous rank: 20)
    http://www.espn.com/nba/insider/sto...-rating-players-management-money-market-draft

    PLAYERS (worth 50 percent of score): Current players and their potential for the future, factoring in expected departures
    MANAGEMENT (worth 16.7 percent of score): Quality and stability of front office, ownership, coaching
    MONEY (worth 16.7 percent of score): Projected salary-cap situation; ability and willingness to exceed cap and pay luxury tax
    MARKET (worth 8.3 percent of score): Appeal to future acquisitions based on team quality, franchise reputation, city's desirability as a destination, market size, taxes, business and entertainment opportunities, arena quality, fans
    DRAFT (worth 8.3 percent of score): Future draft picks; draft positioning

    To determine the Future Power Rating, we rated each team in five categories. Here's how they did it and how the teams ranked in each individual category.

    We determined that the most important category is a team's current roster and the future potential of those players -- that category accounts for 50 percent of each NBA team's overall Future Power Rating.

    At the same time, we looked at many other factors, such as management, ownership, coaching, a team's spending habits, its cap situation, the reputation of the city and the franchise, and what kind of draft picks we expect the team to have in the future.

    PLAYERS (50 percent)
    Players
    Team Rating
    1. Golden State 100
    2. Houston 82.5
    3. Boston 80
    4. San Antonio 70
    4. Minnesota 70
    6. Washington 65
    6. Denver 65
    8. Toronto 62.5
    8. Milwaukee 62.5
    10. Portland 60
    10. Cleveland 60
    12. Utah 55
    12. Philadelphia 55
    14. Oklahoma City 52.5
    14. L.A. Clippers 52.5
    16. Miami 50
    16. Detroit 50
    16. New Orleans 50
    19. Charlotte 47.5
    20. Memphis 42.5
    21. L.A. Lakers 37.5
    21. Orlando 37.5
    23. New York 32.5
    24. Dallas 30
    25. Indiana 27.5
    25. Sacramento 27.5
    25. Phoenix 27.5
    28. Brooklyn 22.5
    29. Atlanta 17.5
    30. Chicago 15
    Current players and potential for the future

    MANAGEMENT (16.7 percent)
    Management
    Team Rating
    1. Golden State 97.5
    2. San Antonio 92.5
    3. Boston 87.5
    4. Houston 77.5
    5. Miami 72.5
    6. Dallas 67.5
    6. Utah 67.5
    6. Oklahoma City67.5
    9. Portland 65
    10. Toronto 60
    11. Washington 55
    12. Minnesota 52.5
    13. L.A. Clippers 50
    14. Brooklyn 47.5
    14. Charlotte 47.5
    14. Denver 47.5
    17. L.A. Lakers 45
    17. Orlando 45
    19. Philadelphia 42.5
    19. Cleveland 42.5
    19. Detroit 42.5
    19. Memphis 42.5
    23. Atlanta 35
    23. Milwaukee 35
    25. Indiana 30
    26. Sacramento 22.5
    27. Chicago 20
    28. New York 17.5
    29. Phoenix 15
    30. New Orleans 10
    Quality/stability of front office, ownership, coaching

    MONEY (16.7 percent)
    Money
    Team Rating
    1. Chicago 97.5
    2. L.A. Lakers 92.5
    2. Indiana 92.5
    4. Philadelphia 90
    5. Atlanta 80
    6. Phoenix 70
    6. Dallas 70
    6. Sacramento 70
    9. Brooklyn 65
    10. New York 62.5
    10. Utah 62.5
    12. Oklahoma City 55
    13. San Antonio 47.5
    13. Orlando 47.5
    15. L.A. Clippers 45
    16. Cleveland 42.5
    16. Minnesota 42.5
    18. Detroit 40
    18. Charlotte 40
    20. Memphis 37.5
    20. Milwaukee 37.5
    22. Denver 35
    23. Boston 30
    23. New Orleans 30
    25. Miami 25
    25. Houston 25
    27. Golden State 22.5
    28. Portland 20
    28. Toronto 20
    30. Washington 15
    Projected salary-cap situation

    MARKET (8.3 percent)
    Market
    Team Rating
    1. L.A. Lakers 90
    1. Golden State 90
    3. New York 85
    4. L.A. Clippers 82.5
    4. Miami 82.5
    6. Brooklyn 75
    7. Houston 65
    8. Boston 60
    8. Cleveland 60
    10. Phoenix 55
    10. Chicago 55
    10. Dallas 55
    13. San Antonio 52.5
    14. Orlando 50
    15. Portland 47.5
    15. Washington 47.5
    17. Philadelphia 45
    17. Denver 45
    17. Toronto 45
    20. Atlanta 42.5
    21. Detroit 40
    22. New Orleans 35
    22. Charlotte 35
    22. Oklahoma City 35
    25. Indiana 30
    25. Utah 30
    25. Memphis 30
    28. Sacramento 25
    29. Milwaukee 17.5
    30. Minnesota 15
    Appeal to future acquisitions

    DRAFT (8.3 percent)
    Draft
    Team Rating
    1. Atlanta 95
    2. Phoenix 90
    3. Boston 87.5
    4. Philadelphia 85
    5. Cleveland 80
    6. Chicago 77.5
    7. Indiana 67.5
    8. Dallas 65
    8. New York 65
    8. Orlando 65
    11. New Orleans 52.5
    11. Sacramento 52.5
    13. Detroit 50
    14. Utah 47.5
    15. Charlotte 45
    15. Memphis 45
    17. Denver 42.5
    17. Milwaukee 42.5
    17. Portland 42.5
    20. Brooklyn 40
    20. Minnesota 40
    20. Washington 40
    23. L.A. Lakers 37.5
    24. L.A. Clippers 32.5
    25. San Antonio 30
    26. Golden State 27.5
    27. Miami 22.5
    27. Oklahoma City 22.5
    27. Toronto 22.5
    30. Houston 17.5
    Future draft picks; draft positioning
     
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    Suck my bleep media
     
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    OKC fans are going to be pissed.

    [edit] this is future power rankings. Whatever. Guess I have no comment. I suppose OKC and Lakers together is about George switching teams next year, and Minny and 76ers future get their yearly overrating. Geez. Let's make them prove it for once at least and win 50%.
     
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    I will say this. Willingness to exceed the cap and luxury tax directly affects your flexibility. This is not the same as it used to be. The CBA now has hard cap rules. If you go too high, you lose your big MLE and you lose ability to do SnTs. Those are not good to lose.

    So willingness to pay Taxes is a case by case thing. You can't be stupid about it. You only do that for superstars.

    Maybe the wording should be Inability to pay tax if needed to keep a superstar vs willingness to pay taxes just because they have poor management like signing Parsons to the Max
     
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    ESPN not putting enough weight into Lonzo being on the Lakers. They also forgetting LeBron coming to join Lonzo too. Trash rankings. #LakeShow BACK.
     
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    Idiot Morey left us #30 in the draft. Moron
     
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    Morey is a horrible gm. troof.
     
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    People sleep on them
     
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    that's going to be a heck of a group, i feel the pelicans might surprise a lot of people this year
     
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    Eh... Rondo can't shoot the 3, defenders are gonna pack the paint...

    I can see Boogie getting frustrated all year
     
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    RONDO balled in the playoffs, bulls went downhill went he got hurt

    they finally have a guard that get ad and cousins into the right areas, he doesn't have to shoot the three
     
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    Rondo's on the Pelicans? I must've missed that one
     
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    I wouldn't be surprised if they got past Celtics or wizards

    Have vet Tony Allen also, they will grind out out
     
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    Forgot they in the west lol
     
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