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Saying 3 Nice Things About Every NBA Team

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Saying 3 nice things about every NBA team is a complex task, yet also a simple one.

In this piece, we’ll uniquely take a look firstly, at the Western Conference and finally at the Eastern Conference. In the process, saying 3 nice things about each team in the National Basketball Association.

Dallas Mavericks

Apr 3, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) is congratulated by teammates during the fourth quarter against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
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Firstly, Luka Doncic lives up to all the hype, with yet another superstar season for the Slovenian. Luka Doncic averages 28.5 points, 8.2 rebounds in addition to 8.7 assists per game in 35 minutes of action.

The Mavericks’ overall team health bettered itself throughout the season. Key roster members, including Kristaps Porzingis, Jalen Brunson, Dorian Finney-Smith, missed significant time. COVID-19 protocols and injuries significantly impacted the Dallas Mavericks early in the 2021 NBA season; return to full health is encouraging for the organization.

Recently acquired shooting guard JJ Redick looks to be a promising acquisition for the franchise, adding a shooting jolt.

Denver Nuggets

DENVER, COLORADO - FEBRUARY 10: Jamal Murray #27 and Michael Porter Jr. #1 of the Denver Nuggets talk during a timeout during the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Ball Arena on February 10, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Justin Tafoya/Getty Images)
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Nikola Jokic is playing out of his mind, averaging a near triple double in his 6th NBA season. Nikola Jokic currently averages 26.3 points, 10.9 rebounds in addition to 8.9 assists.

Aaron Gordon’s seamless fit with the Denver Nuggets elevated their playoff ceiling immensely. Denver’s playoff ceiling raises undoubtedly as a result of the Aaron Gordon trade. Gordon’s versatility, in addition to his improved three-point shot, is an asset.

Michael Porter Jr’s improved play and star potential continue to tantalize. Denver Nuggets fans worldwide hope defensive growth follows in the long term.

Golden State Warriors

HOUSTON, TEXAS - MARCH 17: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors high fives Kent Bazemore #26, Stephen Curry #30 and Juan Toscano-Anderson #95, during the first quarter of a game against the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center on March 17, 2021 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
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Stephen Curry’s superstar play continues to impress. Curry averages 29.7 points, 5.5 rebounds in addition to 6.0 assists in only 34 minutes per game. It is important to realize just how much Stephen Curry means to Golden State both on and off the court.

Andrew Wiggins’ defense improved dramatically in comparison to his overall career. Wiggins’ DBPM (defensive box plus-minus ) is the highest in his entire career, sitting at -0.2 points per 100 possessions.

Chase Center in San Francisco, California, is a beautiful arena, setting a new standard in design and amenities alike. To summarize, Golden State Warriors fans are in for a treat once life returns to normal post-COVID-19.

Houston Rockets

Apr 7, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Rockets guard Kevin Porter Jr. (3) and guard John Wall (1) celebrate after Wall scored in the final minute during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Michael Wyke/POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports
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By and large, Christian Wood’s continuing development is a huge positive for the Houston Rockets franchise. Wood continues to prove his skills and development are no fluke. At just about 13 million this season, it looks like a bargain signing.

At this instant, Kevin Porter Jr is looking like the steal of the season. Porter Jr’s time in Cleveland defined itself with off-court incidents. Houston suddenly acquires Porter Jr for a measly second-round pick. Porter Jr’s play paid back that investment tenfold.

Houston’s uniforms continue to stand out, being one of the NBA’s best collections.

Los Angeles Clippers

Dec 25, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (13) celebrates with forward Serge Ibaka (9) and forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during a timeout in the third quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
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Kawhi Leonard continues to have the quietest All-NBA caliber season. Leonard presently averages 25.8 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 5.0 assists in his 10th NBA season.

Terance Mann proves it’s important to realize you must maximize your minutes. Mann’s emergence is a pleasant surprise for a Clippers team without much young talent. Mann surely awaits a nice payday this offseason.

Paul George’s commitment to Los Angeles solidified itself with a 5-year max contract. George continues to produce in the regular season, particularly improving his playmaking whilst continually being an excellent two-way player.

Los Angeles Lakers

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA - AUGUST 20: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers at the half against the Portland Trail Blazers in Game Two of the Western Conference First Round during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 20, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Dennis Schroder continues to impress as a solid secondary playmaker next to LeBron James. Schroder notably rejected a lucrative extension from the Lakers, eventually hoping to secure a large contract in free agency.

At present, Andre Drummond’s signing is a low-risk, high-reward investment for Los Angeles. Hopefully, Drummond has a Dwight Howard-Esque career resurgence with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Talen Horton-Tucker’s value all of a sudden increased immensely. The Lakers were allegedly refusing to part with Horton-Tucker in trade talks for Kyle Lowry. In addition to the franchise, LA Lakers fans hope their investment and faith in Talen Horton-Tucker will pay off.

Memphis Grizzlies

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 04: Jonas Valanciunas #17, Desmond Bane #22, Ja Morant #12, Dillon Brooks #24, and Kyle Anderson #1 of the Memphis Grizzlies react against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center on April 4, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Ja Morant continued his stellar play in 2021, surprisingly keeping the Memphis Grizzlies afloat in the play-in race. Jaren Jackson Jr’s return in due time illustrates a bright future in Memphis.

Desmond Bane and De’Anthony Melton are both having career years in Memphis. Excellent pieces of business from the Memphis Grizzlies front office.

The Vancouver Grizzlies throwbacks became universally acclaimed amongst NBA fans. Ja Morant’s dazzling play immediately adds style with the addition of the throwbacks.

Minnesota Timberwolves

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - MARCH 31: Malik Beasley #5 of the Minnesota Timberwolves congratulates teammate Anthony Edwards #1 during the game at Target Center on March 31, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Timberwolves defeated the Knicks 102-101. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Anthony Edwards’ dunk on Yuta Watanabe is one of the best dunks of all time. In the meantime, Edwards notably improved his stock, being of the best rookies in 2021.

Minnesota’s weather is improving, and with vaccinations ramping up, summer is looking good. On the positive side, Minnesota Twins baseball looks to be a major draw this summer.

Minnesota’s pitiful season immediately increases their chances of retaining their draft selection. Additionally, it establishes Minnesota as a key player in the Cade Cunningham sweepstakes.

New Orleans Pelicans

Dec 29, 2020; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball (2), forward Zion Williamson (1), forward Brandon Ingram (14), center Steven Adams (12) and guard Eric Bledsoe (5) against the Phoenix Suns at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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Zion Williamson’s superstar level play this year has flown under the radar. However, I will give Zion Williamson his props for proving the doubters wrong. Williamson presently averages 26.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 3.5 assists, whilst also averaging 32.6 minutes per game.

Lonzo Ball’s improvement, his improved three-point shooting, in particular, comes as no surprise to those closely examining Ball’s career. For this reason, Lonzo Ball becomes a top target in restricted free agency.

New Orleans’ future is bright, with Lonzo Ball, Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, and another high draft pick in due time.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Mar 16, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) moves the ball away from Chicago Bulls guard Coby White (0) and Oklahoma City Thunder center Moses Brown (9) during the second half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander continues to impress, yet again elevating his level of play despite anemic offensive costars. Gilgeous-Alexander presently averages 23.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 5.9 assists in his 3rd NBA season.

Aleksej Pokusevski is emerging as a key future piece for the Oklahoma City Thunder, nicely coming along at 19.

Alongside Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma City controls 34 draft selections , including 17 first round picks.

Phoenix Suns

Apr 7, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) and center Deandre Ayton (22) against the Utah Jazz at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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Chris Paul’s addition to the Phoenix Suns improved the squad enormously from their previous incarnation. Firstly, Phoenix improved from nearly missing the playoffs to being a contender.

Mikal Bridges’ emergence, in addition to Jae Crowder, gives the Phoenix Suns multiple wing defenders. Bridges and Crowder could prove critical to Phoenix’s playoff run.

Long-suffering Phoenix Suns fans await their return to the playoffs for the first time since 2010. Chris Paul drastically improves a franchise for the second straight season.

Portland Trail Blazers

PORTLAND, OREGON - APRIL 13: Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers reacts during the final seconds of play in the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics at Moda Center on April 13, 2021 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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Damian Lillard’s legendary status among Portland Trail Blazers fans continues, carrying a Trail Blazers squad hurt by injuries.

Norman Powell presently gives Portland more offensive firepower, with three proven scorers on the roster.

Portland Trail Blazers jerseys are continually amongst the best in the league. However, the new gray earned edition drags the jersey set down quite heavily.

Sacramento Kings

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 17: De'Aaron Fox #5 and Buddy Hield #24 of the Sacramento Kings celebrate in the second half against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena on March 17, 2021 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Tyrese Haliburton’s impressive rookie season confirms his status as the NBA’s biggest draft steal. Sacramento’s previous draft struggles with Tyrese Haliburton’s selection. With LaMelo Ball’s injury, Haliburton looks to be amongst the favorites to win Rookie Of The Year.

DeAaron Fox’s continued excellence puts him on the path to be a future all-star caliber player. Fox presently averages 25.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 7.1 assists.

Richaun Holmes’ emergence as a starting big-man surprised and impressed many NBA fans this season. Richaun Holmes’ future with the Sacramento Kings is a presently intriguing situation with multiple possibilities.

San Antonio Spurs

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 4:  Dejounte Murray #5 of the San Antonio Spurs tries to calm DeMar DeRozan #10 after receiving a technical against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first half at AT&T Center on March 4, 2021 in San Antonio, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that , by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)
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DeMar DeRozan’s spectacular game-winner over the Dallas Mavericks, in addition to his play this season, continues to impress.

San Antonio’s youthful roster is comparatively different from their usual veteran-heavy teams. Only Rudy Gay, Patty Mills, DeMar DeRozan, and Gorgui Dieng are over 30 years old.

Jakob Poeltl’s improved play massively benefits San Antonio. Despite Poeltl’s woeful free-throw shooting, his overall offensive play is solid.

Utah Jazz

Apr 12, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) and center Rudy Gobert (27) react during the first half against the Washington Wizards at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell Isabella-USA TODAY Sports
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Mike Conley’s return to form significantly benefitted the Utah Jazz. At this instant, Conley is averaging 15.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and, 5.4 assists.

Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert’s continued excellence, enough said. The Jazz’s supporting cast playing excellent has Utah as the current number 1 seed in the Western Conference.

Jordan Clarkson’s contract initially appeared too expensive. However, by the time 2021 came around, his contract is looking more and more like a solid piece of business.

Saying 3 Nice Things About Every NBA Team: Eastern Conference

Saying 3 nice things about every NBA team is difficult, but after completing one-half of the NBA. The western conference was doable, but the eastern conference will be much more difficult.

Staring out on a positive note, let’s say 3 nice things about every nba team (in the eastern conference)

Atlanta Hawks

Apr 4, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) shoots over Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) in the second quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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DeAndre Hunter’s massive offense improvement alongside his defensive excellence critically improved Atlanta’s defense. Atlanta’s defense suffered heavily when Hunter was out with a knee injury.

Trae Young continues his offense brilliance, presently averaging 25.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, in addition to 9.5 assists.

John Collins’ improvement on both ends of the floor will prove critical in due time. Collins will hit restricted free agency in 2021.

Boston Celtics

Apr 11, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III (44) and forward Grant Williams (12) and forward Jayson Tatum (0) and guard Jaylen Brown (7) and guard Marcus Smart (36) during the fourth quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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Despite the Boston Celtics’ up and down season, Jayson Tatum’s excellent play continued. Tatum presently averages 25.7 points, 7.1 rebounds in addition to 4.9 assists.

Boston’s amongst the hardest hit teams by COVID-19 in the NBA. Improved team health is nothing but a positive for a Boston Celtics squad in the Eastern Conference.

Robert Williams III continues to shine bright in limited spots. Williams’ potential is tantalizing for a Celtics team in need of a big man.

Brooklyn Nets

Apr 10, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving (11) reacts as he leaves the game against the Los Angeles Lakers after being ejected during the third quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Kyrie Irving’s off-court controversies aside, he is still a stellar basketball player. Irving’s new role as Brooklyn’s primary shooting guard has resulted in stellar production for Brooklyn.


Kevin Durant is sitting out the 2020 season; I was hoping he would be healthy for 2021. Durant proved he was still the old KD, the best player on a championship contender.

James Harden’s addition gives the Brooklyn Nets the three best isolation scorers in the NBA. Harden’s role as Brooklyn’s primary point guard showcased his spectacular playmaking even more.

Charlotte Hornets

Mar 17, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Charlotte Hornets forward Cody Martin (11) and guard Malik Monk (1) and forward Miles Bridges (0) and guard LaMelo Ball (2) and center Bismack Biyombo (8) look on during the second half against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

LaMelo Ball’s spectacular play had him as favorite for Rookie Of The Year prior to his injury.

Miles Bridges’ development adjacent to LaMelo Ball ensures a bright future in Charlotte. They look to be a fearsome duo in due time.

Eric Collins, the Charlotte Hornets’ announcer instantly became a favorite in NBA fan circles.

Chicago Bulls

Apr 12, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) dribbles around a pick by center Nikola Vucevic (9) on Memphis Grizzlies forward Dylan Brooks (24) during the first half at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports
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Zach LaVine’s ascension to all-star status is a massive boost to Chicago’s playoff hopes. LaVine currently averages 27.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, in addition to 5.0 assists.

Chicago surprisingly traded for Nikola Vucevic at the trade deadline. Nikola Vucevic’s addition adds to the Bulls’ playoff push. Nikola Vucevic is undoubtedly Chicago’s second-best player.

Despite puzzling reactions at start, Patrick Williams proved himself as a critical component to the Chicago Bulls defense. At the tender age of 19, Williams undoubtedly established himself as Chicago’s best perimeter defender.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Apr 5, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Isaiah Hartenstein (55) rebounds in the first quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports
Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

Collin Sexton and Darius Garland continue to improve, with Garland especially coming along nicely.

Isaac Okoro’s defensive potential is real. Cavaliers fans hope eventually, Okoro’s potential on the defensive end blossoms.

Cleveland’s current squad at the present time in the running for the Cade Cunningham sweepstakes.

Detroit Pistons

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 11: Saddiq Bey #41, Josh Jackson #20 and Mason Plumlee #24 of the Detroit Pistons look on during a timeout during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on April 11, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)
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Killian Hayes’ potential in the NBA was extremely promising. Pistons fans hope Hayes pans out as a future star.

Jerami Grant proved the doubters wrong, justifying his 3 years $60 million contract. Grant is a favorite for Most Improved Player.

Detroit got rid of Blake Griffin’s colossal monstrosity of a contract. Immediately freeing up an immense level of cap scape.

Indiana Pacers

Apr 2, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (33) argues a foul in the second quarter against the Charlotte Hornets at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Myles Turner routinely impresses on the defensive end, significantly improving the Indiana Pacers defense.

Caris LeVert’s return from a cancerous mass encourages Pacers fans, intrigued by LeVert’s fit in Indiana.

Malcolm Brogdon surprisingly underrated season continues to impress. Brogdon presently averages 21.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 5.9 assists.

Miami Heat

MIAMI, FLORIDA - JANUARY 06: Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat high fives Bam Adebayo #13 against the Boston Celtics during the fourth quarter at American Airlines Arena on January 06, 2021 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Bam Adebayo continues his journey to NBA stardom. Adebayo’s chiefly important role continues to hold up this season.

After his bout with COVID-19, Jimmy Butler’s return to form remains a joy to watch. Butler’s vocal role as Miami’s emotional leader illustrates his importance to the Miami Heat organization.

Pat Riley is still the godfather. Riley managed to acquire Victor Oladipo for pennies on the dollar, trading two expiring and a pick swap. Riley also discarded the dreadful Myers Leonard for a savvy veteran in Trevor Ariza.

Milwaukee Bucks

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - MARCH 20: Donte DiVincenzo #0, Giannis Antetokounmpo #34, Khris Middleton #22, and Jrue Holiday #21 of the Milwaukee Bucks walk across the court in the third quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at the Fiserv Forum on March 20, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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Giannis Antetokoumnpo resigned for a supermax, extending his tenure with the Milwaukee Bucks. Giannis’ salary will make him the first-ever player to surpass $50 million in one season.

Jrue Holiday’s resigning allows Milwaukee to retain their current core for the foreseeable future.

Donte DiVincenzo remains a talented young player. DiVincenzo went into the season with a chip on his shoulder following the botched Bogdan Bogdanovic sign-and-trade.

New York Knicks

Apr 5, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) slaps hands with guard RJ Barrett (9) during the second half against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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Julius Randle’s emergence this season earned him an all-star nod. Well deserved for making the New York Knicks significantly competent.

Tom Thibodeau’s coaching philosophy enshrined a hard-working winning culture in New York, desperately needed after years of incompetency.

Immanuel Quickley’s is a pleasure for New York Knicks fans. The competitiveness and new mentality of the New York Knicks will pay dividends in due time.

Orlando Magic

ORLANDO, FL - APRIL 07: Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards drives to the net in front of Wendell Carter Jr. #34, Dwayne Bacon #8, Chuma Okeke #3 and Michael Carter-Williams #7 of the Orlando Magic during the second half at Amway Center on April 7, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)
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Markelle Fultz’s play tantalized Orlando Magic fans early in the season. While Fultz did tear his ACL, the promise still appears to be there.

Orlando’s future core of Fultz, Cole Anthony, Wendell Carter Jr has potential. Their upcoming lottery pick adds to a bright future down the road.

Wendell Carter Jr promises to be a stellar player in due time.

Philadelphia 76ers

Mar 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) and center Joel Embiid (21) reacts in front of Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) after a turnover during overtime at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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Joel Embiid’s MVP-level season. Embiid’s superstar play will carry Philadelphia as long as Embiid can stay healthy.

Ben Simmons’ defensive output is at a career-high level. Simmons is in contention for winning Defensive Player Of The Year.

Since hiring Doc Rivers as a coach, Philadelphia unlocked the potential of their supremely talented defense. Their offense still needs work, but the devastating defense gives high hopes in Philadelphia’s finals hopes.

Toronto Raptors

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA - AUGUST 05:  Kyle Lowry#7, Fred VanVleet #23 and Pascal Siakam #43 of the Toronto Raptors talk during a break in the first half against the Orlando Magic at Visa Athletic Center at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 5, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kim Klement-Pool/Getty Images)
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Kyle Lowry ultimately stayed in Toronto after the trade deadline. Kyle Lowry’s status as the GROAT (Greatest Raptor of All Time) will never change; his jersey next year, however, might.

Gary Trent Jr’s acquisition from the Portland Trail Blazers looks better and better every day. Trent looks to be a huge player in Toronto’s future.

Despite Anthony Edwards’ dunk over him making NBA highlight reels for life. Yuta Watanabe carved out a solid spot for himself in the Toronto Raptors rotation.

Washington Wizards

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 31: Russell Westbrook #4 of the Washington Wizards celebrates with Bradley Beal #3 after making the game-winning shot against the Brooklyn Nets during the second half at Capital One Arena on January 31, 2021 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
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Rui Hachimura could eventually develop into a very quality NBA player. Hachimura’s averages at the present time are 13.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.5 assists.

Russell Westbrook broke the Washington Wizards’ triple-double record without delay in his first season with Washington.

Bradley Beal is still a supremely talented player, continually proving his excellence on the offensive end.

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