Every NBA Team’s 2014 New Year’s Resolution
Every NBA Team’s 2014 New Year’s Resolution
As the year 2013 comes to an end, I am sure most of us look back at the could-haves, would-haves and should-haves that presented themselves along the way. We all have plenty of goals that we had set in place to get accomplished and, well, many of us likely did not bring the entire list to fruition. But, thankfully, a new year is right around the corner and we can begin to put forth our best effort once more on achieving our goals.
Though the year is coming to an end, the 2013-2014 NBA season is still in its early stages and has much more left to see. Even if that is the case, however, there are quite a few teams that would love to have a few decisions over again. There are some teams that would like to change an aspect of the organization at the moment. And, there are some players that may need a change of scenery or simply a kick in the pants to get motivated next year.
You might probably be able to guess some of the franchises that came to mind when I decided to put this list together. Some squads have far too much to fix in just a year. Others, maybe atop their respective conference or division, don't have a lot of weaknesses. But, don't be fooled, every team needs a tweak here and there in some respect.
Just like what has become the norm in so many of our lives to create goals for the upcoming year, every team too has to make sure and accomplish something whether it is big or small. With that said, here is a new year's resolution for every NBA team in 2014.
Boston Celtics: Find Taker for Gerald Wallace’s Contract
In the next two seasons, Gerald Wallace is scheduled to earn over $20 million from the Boston Celtics. Oh, you mean I'm not the only one wondering what they were thinking when they agreed to take him on in the first place?
Brooklyn Nets: Get Help For Jason Kidd… Again
Let's recap. Jason Kidd gets his right hand man in Lawrence Frank and then it all falls apart. Shall we try again? It is obvious the Brooklyn Nets are going no where under solely Kidd's leadership, so for the love of God, find him some help once more -- and this time, hope it works.
New York Knicks: Rebound
This one is pretty simple. The New York Knicks have been a mess on the boards since the injury to Tyson Chandler -- 29th in the NBA to be exact. Find a way to crash the glass.
Philadelphia 76ers: Endure Storm With End in Mind
Though the season started out bright, the Philadelphia 76ers are yet again close to the bottom of the barrel. It's not all bad news, though, as after this year it can only get better. Another high draft pick and a healthy Nerlens Noel could turn this franchise for the better.
Golden State Warriors: Win On Road
With all of the firepower, the Golden State Warriors are still on the outside looking in at the Western Conference playoff picture. Why? They're just 6-9 on the road. The West is loaded this year, and the Warriors need to find a way to win away from home.
Los Angeles Clippers: Become Gritty
The Los Angeles Clippers have a lot of pieces in place. One heck of a point guard, a formidable post presence and some excellent shooters round out this roster. What are they missing? They're no where near as gritty or physical on defense, and that's been their achilles heel.
Los Angeles Lakers: Bring Chemistry Back
This one will take time, but the Lakers better not wait too long because like I said before, the West is loaded. Kobe Bryant is back, which is great. But, this team played well without him. Now, it's back to square one in the chemistry department.
Phoenix Suns: Keep Foot On Gas Pedal
The Phoenix Suns have been one of the most entertaining stories in the NBA so far. Most definitely in the playoff picture early on, they have not looked to slow down and will compete with anyone until the very final buzzer. For Phoenix, keeping the foot on the gas is going to be key. They can't let up in such a tough conference.
Sacramento Kings: Fix Ben McLemore
What is with Ben McLemore? I mean, sure, he's a rookie. But, still, he has been downright awful. This kid was supposed to have one of the best strokes in his draft class, but can't manage to shoot above 35 percent on the season.
Chicago Bulls: Trade Luol Deng
As you may have heard me say before, Luol Deng will likely be gone at the end of the season -- if the Chicago Bulls are smart enough not to pay him double digit millions -- and the best option right now would be to at least attempt getting some value in return.
Cleveland Cavaliers: Find Home Away From Home
You thought the Warriors were bad on the road? The Cleveland Cavaliers have them beat, and it's not close. Just 2-11 on the road this season, the Cavs have been downright easy to beat if you're the host.
Detroit Pistons: Brandon Jennings Must Stop Shooting
17.0 points per game seems nice, doesn't it? How about on almost 16 shots while shooting 39 percent? How about now? The Detroit Pistons have to get this guy to slow down his bad shot selection and teach him to harness that internal clock.
Indiana Pacers: Find More Offense
The number one defensive team in the league is averaging under 98 points per game, good for 20th in the league. If they could improve anywhere, it's simply putting the ball in the basket a bit more often.
Milwaukee Bucks: Outperform Your Cheerleaders
There is something to be said when your team has only five wins out of 24 games on the year. Try, for lack of a better word, pathetic. How many fans are more interested in the dance team than the basketball being played on the court? My guess is, get a few beers in most Milwaukee men and they will jump sides in a hurry.
Dallas Mavericks: Get Physical
The Dallas Mavericks can score; oh, can they ever. But, the one thing they have lacked is a physical presence down low, specifically. Not one player is averaging above eight rebounds on the team. Why is that?
Houston Rockets: Attempt Playing Defense
Congratulations to the Houston Rockets. They are second in the entire NBA in scoring. How far will that get Houston come playoff time? Answer: Not very. A measly 28th-ranked defensive team must find a way to stop their opponents from scoring. It's pretty point blank.
Memphis Grizzlies: Win Divisional Games
Going 0-6 in your own division won't get you very far to start the year. If the Memphis Grizzlies want to, first of all, improve just one thing in particular, they have to win divisional games. Divisional wins help the playoff picture in a huge way.
New Orleans Pelicans: Break Into Playoff Standings Without Anthony Davis
Looking from the outside in on the playoff picture at the moment, the New Orleans Pelicans are still playing without Anthony Davis, who was in the midst of a monster season. The Pelicans have to find a way to come together and grind their way back into the postseason race without their star.
San Antonio Spurs: String Together Another Double Digit Win Streak
Earlier in the year, the San Antonio Spurs ripped off an 11 game winning streak. To fully separate themselves like they consistently have, putting together another similar streak should do the trick.
Atlanta Hawks: More Shots For Kyle Korver
In 34 minutes per game, Kyle Korver is only taking about eight shots, but he's making half of them. Better yet, from beyond the arc he's nearly the same percentage. Hello, earth to the Atlanta Hawks, do whatever it takes to get this guy to shoot more.
Charlotte Bobcats: More Scoring From Point Guards
Kemba Walker and Ramon Sessions are taking a combined 24 shots per game and making just 39.8 percent of them. What's wrong with this picture?
Miami Heat: Get Shooting Guard Help
It is obvious that the Dwyane Wade of old is dead and gone. The Miami Heat have to get help at the shooting guard position if they are to survive another deep playoff run. Wade's knees can't hold up like they once could.
Orlando Magic: Work Out Long-Term Deal for Nikola Vucevic
Nikola Vucevic has a qualifying offer in the 2015-2016 season, but if the Orlando Magic are smart they will sign him to a long-term deal before his price goes up even higher. He's proven to be a key component to this team.
Washington Wizards: Cut Al Harrington Out of Rotation Completely
Al Harrington is going to be out a few weeks after knee surgery, but prior to surgery he posted a PER of just 7.58 in seven games played. There's not much else to be said here other than the fact that he is simply not needed.
Denver Nuggets: Establish Western Conference Dominance
The Denver Nuggets are 7-2 against the East this year, but just 7-7 against the West. I could beat the horse until it's dead, folks. The West is tough. Denver must win in-conference games.
Minnesota Timberwolves: Resurrect Corey Brewer
Early on, it looked like Corey Brewer was going to be a big part of the Minnesota Timberwolves' success. As the season wears on, he's looked less and less like the guy he did to start the year. Now with a PER of just 11.42, Brewer isn't seeming to use his 34 minutes per game in an efficient fashion. That needs to change.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Teach Russell Westbrook How to Play Point Guard
I don't know how many times I have to say it. Russell Westbrook thinks he is a shooting guard stuck in a point guard's body. Until he realizes this, he will never reach his potential. The guy takes over 18 shots per game and only makes 40 percent of them. He plays with a top-3 player on the planet. Figure it out.
Portland Trail Blazers: Put LaMarcus Aldridge Rumors to Rest
Having an absolutely phenomenal season early on, LaMarcus Aldridge has even been mentioned in some MVP discussions. With knowing this, the Portland Trail Blazers should either work out an extension in 2014 or somehow officially put the trade rumors to rest that have surrounded him for about a year now.
Utah Jazz: Trick Free Agents Into Playing in Salt Lake City
The Utah Jazz aren't going anywhere with the roster they have at the moment. That's obvious. The trick for them will be to try and convince free agents to join their junior varsity team next summer.
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