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20. Detroit Pistons: 150-1
The Pistons found their new head coach in Dwane Casey, who got a five-year contract as a replacement for Stan Van Gundy, for Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com. Now, it's Casey's job to figure out how these pieces of the puzzle fit together. The high-priced trio of Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson does not offer much in terms of floor space or durability.
19. Los Angeles Clippers: 150-1
If DeAndre Jordan leaves this summer (player option), will the Clippers finally accept a total rebuild? They have already seen Griffin, Chris Paul, JJ Redick and Jamal Crawford heading towards the exits. THE. could be average with Jordan, but the future of this franchise could be determined by the way he handles the general selections 12 and 13.
18. Miami Heat: 100-1
Assuming the Heat is out of the LeBron James draw – they do not have space on the top or stars in the first place – they will still float near the middle without a discernible central room. They need more talent, but their list is already too expensive and they do not have a draft pick.
If you exchange Hbadan Whiteside this summer, you may receive nothing more than salary relief in return.
17. Washington Wizards: 100-1
The Wizards may have two stars in John Wall and Bradley Beal, but the club as a whole never seems to reflect the sum of its parts.
Wall has said that this list requires "a lot" of attention, according to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.com. The problem is that there is already a lot of money in the books (at least $ 115.8 million for next season) and there are not many coveted commercial chips.
16. Portland Trail Blazers: 100-1
The Blazers surprised and disappointed last season, catching the No. 3 seed in the West but also the 2-8 in April while they were out of the first round.
They need more pieces, but the budget may need subtractions. Jusuf Nurkic and Ed Davis lead a group of four rotation players to free agency. In the coming weeks, we look forward to hearing the latest round of discussions on the long-term viability of a Damian Lillard-CJ McCollum stronghold.
15. Indiana Pacers: 100-1
The first post-Paul George campaign was a resounding success in Circle City. If Myles Turner and / or Domantas Sabonis can do something similar to the kind of jump that Victor Oladipo just did, the Pacers could get interesting quickly. Otherwise, Oladipo's lack of support at the level of the stars will prevent Indy from rising further.
14. Denver Nuggets: 80-1
Give Nikola Jokic, Paul Millsap and Jamal Murray a full season together, and this will be one of the best offenses in basketball. But his defense is not ready to compete (26 in efficiency), and his star power is not either.
13. Milwaukee Bucks: 80-1
Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the brightest stars in the Association, and Mike Budenholzer is the most intriguing coach. But what will happen next?
Will the dollars spend big to support Jabari Parker after two tears of ACL in four years? Can the franchise afford to walk? If it stays, how can Milwaukee improve the center point and find the inner spring to jump from good to really good or even great?
12. Minnesota Timberwolves: 75-1
Last season, the Wolves had the No. 22 NBA defense bank and the least used. Your list and your coach make you wonder if any of the areas can improve.
That said, there are not many more talented 1-2 hits than Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler, and maybe there's a way to get Andrew Wiggins to better fit into this core or change it for a player who would.
11. New Orleans Pelicans: 75-1
The Pelicans have a big decision to make with an injured DeMarcus Cousins who enters free agency without restrictions. And no matter what call the office makes there, you still need to be creative to update the wings and build a better bank.
Cousins, Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday were the only trio of teammates on average over 36 minutes.