The NBA’s preseason is underway, and every year, it is exciting to predict what will happen. Fans often make their MVP predictions, their Rookie of the Year predictions and ultimately they predict who will win it all. The preseason is an exciting time for fans and just a sample of what we’re getting in the season. And with so many exciting, young teams getting in the mix, the NBA keeps getting better.
Recently, the NBA released its annual general manager survey. The survey consists of 50 questions including some of the things fans discuss (such as MVP and ROTY). One of the questions was which team has the most promising young core. And there were some great responses. Here are the top five teams with the most promising young core.
1.) Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cleveland Cavaliers were named the team with the most promising core. The Cavs had 41 percent of the vote, and after a big offseason, this is not surprising. Cleveland had a solid season last year and nearly made the playoffs. Their core of Evan Mobley, Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen showed flashes of greatness and with the addition of Donovan Mitchell, the Cavs are an even tougher team. General managers think highly of the Cavs, and I cannot disagree.
2.) Memphis Grizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies finished in second with 38 percent of the votes. Memphis is another team that turned heads last season. They finished the season 56-26 and were second in the West behind the Golden State Warriors. Memphis has a star in Ja Morant, who will only get better from here. His incredible plays last season put the league on notice and already he is picking up where he left off.
The Grizzlies have other talented players such as Dillion Brooks, Desmond Bane and Jaren Jackson Jr. Memphis could have quite the season, and their place on this list is justified.
3.) New Orleans Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans received votes in the survey but not enough to be ranked. But they are a team to look out for. The Pelicans are going to be tough this year, as their star player Brandon Ingram continues to get better. Ingram averaged 22.7 points last season and after reaching the playoffs, Ingram and the Pelicans are back for more.
The Pelicans also have a veteran in CJ McCollum that can take some of the scoring load off of Ingram. And the Pelicans will have a slimmer, healthier Zion Williamson on the floor. So, the Pelicans will be a team to watch out for.
4.) Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder are in an interesting space. They have draft picks upon draft picks to use towards their future, and a few young players to add to their core. The Thunder have players like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Josh Giddey and Chet Holmgren (who will miss this season). Oklahoma City is headed in the right direction, and with the potential addition of top prospects like Victor Wembanyama or Scoot Henderson, they could be a legit team.
5.) Detroit Pistons
The Detroit Pistons finished third in the general manager survey. They have some pieces in order but a few of the other teams on this list are further in their rebuild. Detroit has had some rough seasons in the past few years but this season could be the start of their turnaround. The Pistons have Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey and more leading the way this season, and like Oklahoma City, the addition of a top prospect could make them legit. Detroit is a team to look out for and in a few years, they will be a playoff team (if not this year).
The NBA is in great hands and with the young cores, it will stay that way for a while.