Right now the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are taking over the NBA. Two straight final appearances for each team, and six straight for LeBron while being in the Eastern Conference. With the Warriors adding Kevin Durant to their roster it seems they’ll be atop the Western Conference for a tad bit longer. LeBron is still running the East and can’t see him slowing down anytime soon. But looking towards the future, who are the next up and coming teams that’ll be taking over the NBA?
LeBron’s reign of dominance has to end at some point, and once that’s over a new team needs to take control of the East. There are a lot of young teams in the Eastern Conference just waiting to try to dethrone LeBron and the Cavs, including the Raptors, Celtics, Hornets, etc. But the team I can see taking over the Eastern Conference in about 5-10 years is the Philadelphia 76ers.
With a young roster of Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Jahlil Okafor, and Nerlens Noel, who are all oozing with potential, they can take the Eastern Conference and league by storm. They have a loaded frontcourt and will likely trade one of their bigs, but should have one of the best frontcourts in the league in a couple of years regardless of which two bigs they keep. Ben Simmons is already getting comparisons to the likes of LeBron James and Magic Johnson, so he should develop just fine. And as the years go on, they’ll add more talented, experienced players to surround their young players with. Barring any injuries I can see this team taking over the Eastern Conference very soon.
The Warriors were almost unbeatable last season, and could possibly be the same this season. With the core of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, and Draymond Green this team will be all set for a while. But after about five or so years of dominating the league, guys like Kevin Durant (27) and Steph Curry (28) will start to decline due to their age. I’m not saying they’ll be bad whatsoever, I’m just saying they’ll exit their prime and start to decline a bit, and maybe perhaps by then some of these players will want to explore other options around the NBA. Once this happens expect the Minnesota Timberwolves to take over the Western Conference.
Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, Andrew Wiggins, and Karl-Anthony Towns are an unbelievable young core and will be scary to play against in the next few years. Both Towns and Wiggins are back-to-back Rookie of the Year winners, and Kris Dunn could continue the streak. Zach LaVine is a high flyer who has shown potential with his shooting ability. The average age of the four players is 21, with Kris Dunn being the oldest (22). Karl-Anthony Towns has already proven he is one of the best big men in the league in only his rookie season, averaging 18.3 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per game. Andrew Wiggins has also proven to be one of the best young scorers in the league, averaging nearly 21 points in just his second season in the NBA. With Kris Dunn yet to play an NBA game, it’s unknown just how good this team could be; the possibilities are endless. The fans and organization should be excited for the future of this team.
In the next few years when LeBron and the Warriors have run their course, new teams will be on the rise and will be seeking their opportunity to take control of this league. The 76ers and Timberwolves are on the outside looking in, but in due time they’ll be the ones fighting to be on top.