I’m going to give you three NBA teams who aren’t so high in the standings: the Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Throw Phoenix into the mix and you have four struggling teams.
Remember the old Sesame Street bit where they sang, “One of these things is not like the other?” This is similar, in the sense of how the teams built their current rosters.
Sacramento has gone the rout of putting as many young, high potential guys who like to shoot the ball (not much else) together.
Houston has a young group of interesting roster decisions. The point there is that they are young. Agree or disagree with how Darryl Morey got the players, the Rockets have exciting youth.
Cleveland rounds out the list with multiple lottery picks littering the roster.
The underlying theme in this is that the teams are young, and however frustrating it is to watch the team on the court (Sacramento), they have potential.
Phoenix however is different. There is no mention of a young building block with the potential or aptitude for stardom (i.e. Kyrie Irving, James Harden or DaMarcus Cousins). Continue reading