Top 5 NBA Franchises On the Rise

Top 5 NBA Franchises On the Rise

Bradley Beal, John Wall, Marcin Gortat, Washington Wizards
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Several NBA teams are in rebuilding mode, focusing on adding young, talented players who will hopefully develop these teams into clubs with championship aspirations. For some it is a long process, but for others one or two game-changing players is all that it takes. The following list is of five franchises that have gone through or are going through rebuilding stages and are now ready to rise to the top of the league in the near future.

5. New Orleans Pelicans

Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans
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5. New Orleans Pelicans

Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans
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Anthony Davis is already a star and a player New Orleans can build their team around. He impacts the game in so many ways on both ends of the floor. It is scary to think that Davis is only entering his third season and still has enormous potential to improve. As long as they can remain healthy, the Pelicans have surrounded Davis nicely with guys like Jrue Holiday, Ryan Anderson and Tyreke Evans, They are definitely a team to look out for.

4. Phoenix Suns

Goran Dragic Phoenix Suns
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4. Phoenix Suns

Goran Dragic Phoenix Suns
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Although they missed the playoffs, the Phoenix Suns were last season's surprise team in the NBA. A lot of credit belongs to Goran Dragic, whose tremendous play carried the Suns and earned him the Most Improved Player award. The Suns struck gold this offseason by signing Isaiah Thomas, but they also need to re-sign restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe who proved his value last year. Overall, the Suns are a young and exciting team on the rise.

3. Washington Wizards

John Wall, Otto Porter Jr., Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
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3. Washington Wizards

John Wall, Otto Porter Jr., Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
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John Wall and Bradley Beal make up one of the league's best backcourt combos, yet they are both still under 24 years old. That duo has potential to be special for many years. In addition, Otto Porter Jr., last year's third pick in the draft, has looked very impressive so far this offseason. And with veterans like Paul Pierce, Nene and Marcin Gortat, the Wizards appear to be a team rapidly climbing to the top of the Eastern Conference.

2. Golden State Warriors

Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
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2. Golden State Warriors

Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
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The Warriors have made the playoffs in two consecutive seasons in an extremely competitive conference, but they are poised for greater things. Stephen Curry, one of the league's best point guards and arguably the best three-point shooter, continues to grow and amaze people. The same can be said for Klay Thompson, and the improved play of young guns Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green makes the Warriors a dangerous team that is only getting better.

1. Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron James and Kevin Love
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1. Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron James and Kevin Love
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The Cavaliers will be the most improved team this season. Adding LeBron James instantly propels them from being a lottery team to being in the championship conversation. In all likelihood, Cleveland will also acquire another superstar in Kevin Love, making a big three of him, LeBron and Kyrie Irving. Winning basketball will be returning to Cleveland this year, and the city cannot wait to embrace their franchise on their rise into a dynasty.

Jordan Berkowitz is a Brooklyn Nets and NBA writer for RantSports.com

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