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Phoenix Suns-
The Suns are likely to finish 20-62, something not many saw coming.  With the influx of veterans in Chandler, Dudley among others on top of their young players, many had the Suns much higher.  Alas, they go on an epic tank run to drop to the top overall pick going into the lottery.

What went right-
Not much.  Their hopes of developing Chriss and Bender has not faired well.  Bender has been atrocious and Chriss hasn't been much better.  Their lone bright spot has been the development of Josh Jackson over the latter portion of the season.  They acquired Elfrid Payton at the trade deadline for a 2nd round pick on a flier and he was good for them, but he now enters FA and the Suns have to make the decision whether to re-sign him and take up a large portion of their cap room or let him walk and find another PG.  Devin Booker still looks to be every bit of the star he has in the past, but he does have limitations.  He can be a top 3 guy on a winning team, but they need those other two parts first.  They also extended TJ Warren last season and his contract will kick in next season, but it moves around $11-12M per season which is a steal for a guy who can get buckets.

What went wrong-
Just about everything.  They didn't pay Alex Len which was probably a good thing considering his lack of development.  I already mentioned the lack of development in Chriss and Bender and considering their hefty rookie contracts, they may not be tradeable as far as getting assets for them in return.  They're also paying Knight, Chandler, Dudley, Alan Williams nearly $50M next season with Knight and Williams extending into the 2019-2020 season contractually.  They will have some cap room without any major resignings.

Future assets-
The Suns own their own pick, plus Miami's and potentially Milwaukee's 2018 1st round picks.  If they net all three, they're projected to have 1, 16 and 17.  Those are major assets to have.  But 16 and 17 aren't necessarily picks you can package together as not many teams want to pick in that area back to back and take up two roster spots.  They could certainly package one of those with other pieces like Bender, Chriss or Warren and move up or net them another player in return.  They also have some cap room, in the area fo $25M without any major pieces going out, but they will need to fill the void at center and point guard.  The ideal scenario is they net DeAndre Ayton at #1, and pick up someone like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in the teens, but it looks like SGA will go higher.

Atlanta Hawks-
The Hawks will finish the season 24-58 and in the top 5 carousel of the draft lottery.  A few late wins were actually harmful to their lottery prospects as they dropped from top 2 to possibly 5th.  That is a big drop off to have, especially with such a top heavy draft.  

What went right-
Development of John Collins and Taurean Prince-neither guy will ever be a superstar, but they are big pieces for their franchise, especially with where they drafted them (both were picks in the teens).  He finished the season averaging about 10 PPG and 7 RPG without much else, but a high PER for such a bad team and showed the ability to be a high energy rebounder and scorer around the rim.  He needs to add some bulk to be a small ball 5.  Prince put on a late season surge taking over as the primary scorer and shooting ner 40% from 3.  He's also a lock down defender on the perimeter.  The Hawks will own their pick, the Wolves and Rockets 1st round picks as well.  And with the Wolves falling off badly lately, that pick will be in the late teens, somewhere the Hawks have thrived recently.

What went wrong-
Dennis Schroeder and Kent Bazemore.  Schroeder did not take the leap many have waited for.  After signing him to an extension, he was suppose to take over as the cornerstone, but his shooting percentages have been awful, his defense is sparse considering his length and athleticism and he was brought up in trade rumors over the last year.  Even worse is paying Bazemore, at 28, nearly $40M over the next two seasons.  He's a good 6th man, but you can't pay your 6th man $20M a year and be successful.

Future assets-
As stated, the Hawks own a slew of picks.  They're likely to keep all of them as they need to add talent.  Top 5 will be a good haul for them and I expect them to go for a big, possibly a center to pair next to Collins.  Jaren Jackson Jr would be the perfect fit, but if they're not top 3, they may not get him as Jackson could go as high as 3.  They've prospered picking in the teens and will try to do so again with the Wolves pick and I'd assume they'll draft and stash a player with the Rockets late 1st pick.  They will also have a slew of cap room, in the realm of $35-40M.  I don't expect them to blow it all this summer as they're still a few years away from winning again and they've been really smart with their cap room and capitalizing on assets i.e. executing trades that take on salary that net them assets.
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Memphis Grizzlies-
After finishing a miserable 22-60, the Grizzlies have set themselves up for a potential #2 overall pick, something they haven't had since that dreaded draft where they took Stromile Swift.  Injuries, a lack of depth and talent outside of Gasol and Conley is what killed them this season.  They fired otherwise well-respected David Fizdale early in the season after a riff with Gasol.

What went right-
Outside of the steal they got in Tyreke Evans, not much went right.  Evans signed for a minmum contract last summer, but also got hurt and was relegated to the injury report to assist in the tank.  He'll now be an UFA and is likely to leave for greener pastures.  They got extended looks at their young guys in Dillon Brooks, Ivan Rabb and Deyonta Davis, all who played fine and can contribute for the future.  They signed Marshon Brooks late in the season who averaged 20 PPG for them in 7 games and quickly locked him up to a two year deal.  He could be a steal for them as a late-flyer guy for next season.

What went wrong-
Just about everything.  They re-signed Mike Conley to a massive extension which quickly became one of the most untradeable contracts in the NBA.  He's a fantastic player when healthy, but he's been relatively injury prone the last three seasons and at $30M per year for the next 4 years, it's going to be tough.  They'll ride it out with him because when he's healthy, he's a phenomenal player and they won't get back equal value.  They also got zero contribution from Chandler Parsons after he had yet again another injury-riddled season.

Future-
The #2 pick is a good start.  They also have one of the best foundations of any team in the top 5 as far as top end talent goes.  But they have almost no cap room to work with and are unlikely to get Evans back.  Slide in Luka Doncic though, a healthy Conley and Parsons and they could get back to winning ways quickly.

Dallas Mavericks-
The Mavericks finished 24-58 and won the tiebreaker over the Hawks to move up to the 3rd pick pre-lottery, a massive win for them.  It'd be even better for them to slide into 1 or 2, but at 3, they'll get to pick any player they want that isn't the top 2.  They have a mash of talent, both young and old that didn't meld together and was horrendous defensively.

What went right-
It's hard to find a silver lining for the Mavericks this season.  They didn't have anybody break out, nor did they show any sort of promise outside of Dennis Smith their rookie PG.  

What went wrong-
DAL made a smart move late last season to acquire Nerlens Noel for Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut and a future 2nd.  In exchange, they got a stellar second half of the 2017 season from Noel and a whole bunch of headache after that.  They couldn't agree to a contract and it showed in Noel's performance who was in Carlisle's dog pound all season.  He played in only 30 games and was passed over for Salah Mejri and Dwight Powell all season.  Justin Anderson also looks to be a solid role player in PHI.  This one will hurt once Noel leaves when they're still paying for it in 2 years when they'll send PHI a 2nd round pick.  Dennis Smith started the season hot, but every statistical category fell off.  He'll bounce back, especially with competent players around him but DAL needs massive upgrades everywhere.

Future-
Dirk announced he'll be back for another season which is fine, he's only at $5M per season and I expect him to seek an even lesser role as he's really only good for jump shooting nowadays.  A #3 pick will net them probably a big.  They'll have their picking of Bagley, Jackson Jr, Carter, Mamba.  But DAL really needs another wing scorer on top of that.  They'll have a ton of cap room, upwards of $30M with very little to re-sign.  I expect them to seek out wing players in FA.

Orlando Magic-
After what was suppose to be a scintillating team, the Magic again fell flat, moreso than in years past.  Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton regressed to the point all they could muster for Payton was a 2nd round pick from PHX.  Mario Hezonja showed out late, but probably too little too late as he'll likely be looking for a change of scenary in free agency.  They finished 25-57, firmly in place for the 5th pick.

What went right-
Jonathan Isaac's potential looks really good, but he needs to find Giannis-level work ethic and coaching to find that top peak talent level.  Nikola Vucevic is on a really good contract for a player who can score and rebound.

What went wrong-
The regression and lack of fit for their entire roster is troubling.  Aaron Gordon looked to be the MIP early in the season but again came down with some nagging injuries and without another true PF, were relegated to playing small with weak front court defenders.  They also found no trade value for any of their players.  Payton was seen as a major trade asset just a year ago, but his lack of development and apparently some locker room issues sent him packing to PHX for a measley 2nd round pick.

Future-
The Magic have some cap room to work with, around $15M, but also have Gordon and Hezonja as free agents.  I'd be surprised to see them bring back Gordon at any major money as he's in a similar position as Jabari-positionless, bad defensively, gets empty buckets and has a bad injury history.  They'll be picking 5 pre-lottery which again will net them a player that may not be immediately impactful.  They also have major needs at PG and will likely seek one out in free agency if they let their other FA's walk.  A positive move for them would be to trade Vucevic and get any value they can and because he's such a good scorer and rebounder, that type of player is coming back into style again with the likes of Jonas Valanciunas.  Better coaching could be a godsend for him.  If they trade Vucevic, I see them going after someone like Wendell Carter, a high potential center that can anchor the front court on both ends.
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Chicago Bulls-
This season was as about what was expected from Chicago.  They were going to be pretty bad, but try to develop some of their young players.  They finished 27-55, good enough for the 6th pick pre-lottery.  

What went right-
They took a huge chance trading Jimmy Butler, a bonafide star, for a pick, Dunn and LaVine.  That pick turned into Lauri Markkanen.  So far, it seems to have worked out.  Markkanen looks like a really good offensive weapon in his first year, but needs to get better defensively.  Dunn was a huge surprise after having a horrendous rookie season and might be the best player of that trio.  He's incredibly fast, a good scorer at all levels and a top notch defender.  He won't ever be a superstar, but a steady PG.  Zach LaVine is concerning.  He came back from his ACL tear and only played 24 games this season and shot very inefficiently.  He'd be a great 6th man, but they're going to be in the same conundrum the Bucks have that he's going to want big money but hasn't earned it and has significant injury history.  

What went wrong-
I don't think anyone was worse than expected.  They trotted out a really young lineup.  They also didn't make any big trade deadline moves and stuck with what they have to not hurry along a process.  The problem is, short of a lottery miracle, they're going to be picking right around the tail end where the talent drops off.  They need wing help and a young center.  They're likely to land that young center at 6 whether it's Carter or Bamba.  Carter would be a great fit for this team.

Future-
The Bulls enter this summer with about $40M in cap space and only LaVine as a free agent.  They have two bad contracts in Robin Lopez and the inexplicable Cristiano Felicio contract ($8M per year for 4 more years).  They also will be paying Omer Asik for two more years.  They'll need to try to unload Lopez this summer to draft a rookie center or else they're carrying 4 centers on their roster.  Even if they pay LaVine, they'll have room to work with, a young foundation, another good young player coming in from the draft and a pretty bright future.

Sacramento Kings-
After the busiest summer of all teams last year bringing in Zach Randolph, George Hill among others and having what seemed like a good mix of talent on paper, they completely flopped this year in Kings fashion finishing 27-55 and losing the tiebreaker to CHI to drop them for 7th in the lottery pre-lottery.

What went right-
They moved Buddy Hield to the bench as a 6th man which is seemingly a better fit for him after struggling as a go-to guy all season.  They were able to unload George Hill's pretty bad contract for Iman Shumpert, Joe Johnson and a future 2nd which isn't a great haul considering they'll be paying Shumpert this year and next year at $11M.  They brought over Bogdan Bogdanovic, a 25 year old SF who was a good shooter for them.  They'll have him for 3 more years at around $9M per year which is good value for a player of his caliber.

What went wrong-
They just didn't have enough on either end of the ball.  Randolph really fell off, Cauley-Stein's development slowed and they got little to nothing from their bench.  Their rookie PG De'Aaron Fox shot the ball poorly, but it was a bad system and a bad team, he'll develop.

Future-
The Kings are right now slotted for the 7th pick, somewhere they're familiar with and is probably the worst spot to be-not good enough to be competitive, not bad enough to get a top flight player.  And 7th in this draft is where it starts to fall off.  They'll be right in line for Collin Sexton, Trae Young or Mikal Bridges or possibly a center.  They may look to revamp their front court going a different route and by trading Cauley-Stein who has been in trade rumors since he was drafted.  They could trade him for a wing.  The Kings will have about $25M in cap room to work with and a bunch of expiring contracts.  The smart move would be to save it as best as possible and utilize their expansive amount of expiring contracts at the trade deadline next year, but in Kings fashion, I expect them to blow their money and mess their cap sheet up.

Brooklyn Nets-
The Nets are still trying to come back from when they traded all of their 1st round picks years ago to the Celtics.  They made some really shrewd moves acquiring TOR's 1st and 2nd this season to get into the draft by acquiring salary.  They were thought to be a bottom feeder, bottom 3 team this season and even with D'Angelo Russell missing half of the season due to injury, they were competitive.  They finished 28-54, 8th worst, but they won't own their pick, it'll go to the Cavs.

What went right-
The development of Jarrett Allen and Spencer Dinwiddie is promising.  Allen is only 19 years old but has the look of a future defensive anchor.  Young guys like Dinwiddie, Hollis-Jefferson among others were good, but none have star potential.  

What went wrong-
All things considered, this has to be a positive season for them.  They were suppose to be historically bad, but remained competitive.  Their lack of inside scoring hurt them, but they managed with their shooting and scoring on the wings.  Nothing will change this summer to immediately make them competitive, but after such a disastrous trade a few years ago, they have to take this slow.

Future-
Nets will go into the summer with about $15M in cap space, but I expect them to use it shrewdly.  They can't spend every penny they get if they want a successful re-build.  They won't own their pick this summer, but will have TOR's, alas which will be late 20's.  They'll need to work out a Russell extension which will eat most of their cap room.
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New York Knicks-
The Knicks finished 29-53, only good enough for the 9th pick pre-lottery.  They lost Porzingis about half way through the season.  They weren't good already, but then fell off even worse.  They made a few trades sending out disgruntled Willy Hernangomez for two future 2nds and acquired Emmanuel Mudiay for their 2018 2nd.  Mudiay was pretty horrible and outplayed by late signing Trey Burke for the second half of the season.  Mudiay will now be a free agent and the Knicks will basically lose their early 2nd for nothing.  They have a lot of work to do to be competitive and this summer will be a big opportunity to re-tool.

What went right-
Enes Kanter labeled himself the King of NY after a feud with Lebron.  He played very well for them but is now a free agent and the Knicks have a big decision to make.  Michael Beasley was a bit of an after-thought signing late last summer, but did Beasley things and at least kept their season entertaining.

What went wrong-
The Porzingis injury obviously hurt them.  But the lack of development of Frank Ntilikina has to be troublesome.  He has become just an off-ball defender for them.  There's already talks to push him to SG and get another PG in that spot.  He has shown flashes but his shooting numbers are terrible.  They fired Jeff Hornacek who many blame for not using Ntilikina properly and a new coach would be good for him.  They had a chance to bring in a lot of young guys after Porzingis went down, but instead opted to play out their veterans like Jarrett Jack who inexplicably started a lot of games for them.

Future-
The Knicks will go into this summer with their only real shot of adjusting their roster depending on Enes Kanter.  He has a player option which he'll opt out of and become a free agent.  It's highly likely he'd re-sign if the numbers are right, but it's a risky move for NY.  Kanter is a bad defender and doesn't mesh well with Porzingis, but he's effective and letting him walk means they'll have some cap room, but not a lot.  The Joakim Noah contract is still disastrous.  He'll be paid about $19M per season for the next two years.  If they can't trade him this summer, which they won't be able to, they're likely to stretch and waive him.  But do you want him on the books at $7.5M for the next 5 years to save yourself $11M this summer and next, or do you wait out these two bad years?  It's either a short-term fix or wait it out for long term relief.  The Knicks own their own pick and CHI's 2nd rd pick.  They desperately need to find good players at both.  CHI's pick at 36 is very valuable and if they want to move up, they could find a team late in the 1st that wants out of the 1st round for very minimal.  They'll be right on the verge of the second-tier of players in the draft at 9-they'll likely target a center if they don't plan to re-sign Kanter or aim for Trae Young or Collin Sexton.

LA Lakers-
The Lakers finished the second half of the season relatively strong as it didn't matter for them because their pick is going to PHI or BOS.  They finished 35-47, respectable for a team that was thrown together for 1 year.  They threw big money at Brook Lopez and Kentavious Cadlwell-pOpe on 1 year deals to save money for the future.  They also saw significant progress of some of their young players.

What went right-
Development of young guys-Lonzo Ball is one of the most polarizing players in the NBA whether you believe he's good or not.  He saw a lot of criticism but he's 19 and will develop even more.  Kyle Kuzma was a renassaince.  They got him in the 2nd round and he was one of their best players all season.  He fits the NBA PF perfectly and is a great fit next to Brandon Ingram.  After so many questions about Ingram, he took a leap this year as well showing off his ball handling and shooting.  Julius Randle also stepped up his game this year to become a force in the paint which almost hurts the Lakers-do they pay him big money or let him walk for nothing?  Josh Hart was a late pick for them as well who showed out his shooting late in the season.  To have such big developments from such young players is huge for them as they look to FA.

What went wrong-
Brook Lopez was just not good and the Lakers didn't have much of an answer outside of him at center unless they went small.  Their lack of a bench really hurt them as well.  They traded Jordan Clarkson and got back Isaiah Thomas which completely screwed their flow of offense late in the season, but it helped because they dumped Clarkson's contract and got the Cavs pick in the process.

Future-
Obviously the future is bright in LA.  They have a ton of cap room and a solid foundation of young players.  They've been enamored with the potential signing of Lebron and Paul George, but with the development of both Ingram and Kuzma, do they want to trade those players in a sign and trade?  Any Lebron signing anywhere outside of CLE would likely be a sign and trade where the Lakers would have to send back one, if not both players.  Cousins was another target, but he seems to be happy in New Orleans.  But with the Pelicans surge into the playoffs and 1st round sweep of the Blazers, do they want him back on big money when Davis seemed to play so well without him?  Paul George is the likeliest to sign in LA after what's turning out to be a miserable season in OKC, but how does he fit with Ingram and Kuzma occupying both forward spots?  I think their likeliest scenario is to save their cap room similar to what they did this past year by signing veteran players to large 1 year deals and hold their money for 2019.
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Charlotte Hornets-36-46, 11th pick
The Hornets went into the season mixing together players after trading for Dwight Howard for a classic 8th seed run.  They have had three winning seasons dating back to 2004 so they're starved for winning.  They have made some horrendous decisions including not trading the pick that became Frank Kaminsky (reportedly, BOS was offering three first round picks), signing Nicolas Batum to a massive extension and continuing to miss on picks.  They picked Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at #2 in 2012 ahead of Bradley Beal, Cody Zeller at 4 in 2013 (however, a very weak draft), Noah Vonleh at 9 in 2014 ahead of Saric, LaVine and Warren, not trading the Kaminsky pick in 2015, and taking Malik Monk at 11 in 2017 ahead of Donovan Mitchell (however at the time this was a no-brainer).  To capitalize on all of that, they've doled out massive contracts to Kidd-Gilchrist, Batum, Marvin Williams, and Cody Zeller.  They are paying those four guys $64M next season combined!  They are well over the cap and near luxury tax.

What went right-
Dwight Howard was a bit of a renaissance but the advanced stats say he wasn't good.  Kemba Walker had another high level year and they got a really good season out of Jeremy Lamb who they got for peanuts.  But now both Walker and Lamb are in contract years which makes trading for them less inviting.  They did win 36 games even dealing with injuries, but still were nowhere near any sort of playoff contention.

What went wrong-
Their roster just doesn't have enough talent that meshes together to win, but also isn't bad enough to lose.  The 10th pick is probably right around where the talent drops off in this draft class.  They also showed their hand by nearly trading Kemba at the deadline and made it way too public that is going to cost them.  

Future-
The Hornets own all of their 1st round picks as they don't tend to trade those picks...ever.  They have Kemba and Lamb as trade chips, but a Kemba trade would have to be for a salary dump of other players.  Dwight Howard MIGHT net them at least some cost savings, he's playing on an expiring contract and somebody might bite for him, but at $23M this season, they won't be able to attach another contract to get rid of with Dwight.  They won't see salary cap relief until 2019-2020 but even then, Lamb, Walker and Kaminsky will be free agents as their roster currently stands.  The Batum contract is virtually untradeable at this point at an average of $26M for the next 4 years.  He also hasn't shown the ability to stay healthy.  If they don't trade Kemba this summer, they're likely to lose him to free agency.  Their best bet would be to trade him and Zeller or MKG to receive some cap relief and maybe a pick.  To bring Kemba anywhere that could offer winning, I think would be a huge draw for him and he wouldn't be as big of a risk to lose to free agency after a 1 year rental.  A trade of Kemba, MKG for Rivers, Wes Johnson, Beverley and the 12th pick would be a good start.  All of those contracts are expiring and they could flip Beverley.  PHX is going to be ultra aggressive this summer and can offer a variety of expiring contracts to include Tyson Chandler, Jared Dudley.  A Chandler, Dudley, MIA's 1st (16th) for Kemba and Zeller is a start.  PHX has so much cap room they could be convinced to take on MKG as well.  Getting Kemba and keeping their top 3 pick and paying Zeller and MKG for a few years might be enticing to them.

Detroit Pistons-39-43, 12th pick (to LAC)
The Pistons, Stan Van Gundy in particular, went for a home run by acquiring Blake Griffin for Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley and their 2018 1st.  It went horrible.  Griffin was awful for them and DET's record actually got worse since the trade.  They tied themselves up into cap hell and gave away a good, young player in Tobes to get him.  Now they're paying Griffin and Drummond over half their salary cap room.  To top it off, they have vastly overpaid for some players that haven't been productive for them.  John Leuer and Langston Galloway were two that got paid handsomely for very little work and were bounced from the rotation for much cheaper options in Ish Smith and Anthony Tolliver.  SVG made a last ditch effort to keep his job as he saw the writing on the wall and is now going to get fired and leave this team in shambles.

What went right-
Andre Drummond had a phenomenal year, but was hampered by Blake Griffin.  Out went the window of Drummond in pick and rolls, in went Griffin into those spots and the offense went downhill.  Drummond upped his FT% and should've been an all-star this year.  They take a chance on Luke Kennard and he definitely looks like an NBA player with his shooting stroke.  However, he was picked one pick before Donovan Mitchell.

What went wrong-
The Blake Griffin didn't do them in, they weren't good before him, but it certainly sealed their fate.  They also didn't get any better production out of Reggie Jackson, couldn't trade him for peanuts and got absolutely no production from Stanley Johnson who looks to be on his way out of the league.  Even worse has been Henry Ellenson.  He has shown nothing in the NBA, and not much in the G-League.  Ellenson and Johnson were picked in back to back years in the lottery which just goes to show how important drafting is, but how bad of a position it is to be picking 8-15 every year.

Future-
The Clippers 1st round pick (12th) will got o LAC this summer and they are well over the cap.  They will have literally nothing to do this summer unless they completely blow it up by trading Drummond which is a possibility.  But with such a high caliber draft at center, nobody's giving up a top pick to get him.  The Clippers are right at the top for teams without any bright spots for the future.
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LA Clippers 42-30 13th pick

The Clippers muddled their way through much of the first half of the season before getting a godfather offer for Blake Griffin, something almost impossible considering his contract, from Detroit.  They received Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic and their 2018 1st rd pick for Blake Griffin.  The Clippers made a valiant run before falling short of the playoffs a few games before the end of the season.

What went right-

They became a much more cohesive, well rounded team after the Blake trade.  They also acquired Tobias who is arguably a better player than Blake right now in his own right, is much younger and on a much more reasonable contract.  They also re-signed Lou Williams to an extension which will get him $8M per year for the next two years, a steal considering what Lou had done all year.  They also got some good burn for their young players-Montrezl Harrell, Sindarious Thornwell, Jawun Evans.

What went wrong-

They received very little consistent guard play outside of Williams.  Austin Rivers was his rather inefficient self, Beverley was hurt early in the season and would’ve been a much more effective presence.  They also lost Avery Bradley to injury after just a few games in a LA uniform.

Future-

The Clippers now hold the 12th and 13th pick in the draft and a relatively decent cap sheet.  Their one bad contract is Danilo Gallinari who is oft-injured at $20M+ for the next two years.  The Clippers want to re-build on the fly.  They have one massive free agent-DeAndre Jordan, but he might be willing to take a hometown discount.  He was very unhappy around the trade deadline when his name was thrown around so much, but the way the team came together and Williams re-signing may help keep Jordan at a decent price tag.  Austin Rivers, Milos Teodosic and Wes Johnson all have player options amounting to $22M, but I’d expect all three to exercise their options.  Rivers is the one that COULD opt out, but it’s not likely.

Denver Nuggets 46-36 14th pick

There was always bound to be one team that did really well in the West and didn’t make the playoffs.  A slew of injuries and lack of defense, along with playing in a tough conference cost the Nuggets this year.  They have a good young nucleus, but a bad cap sheet.  The emergence of Gary Harris and Jamal Murray is a positive sign, but need to improve their perimeter defense.

What went right-

Nikola Jokic is a stud, he has his deficiencies, but better coaching and a better team around him including front court defensive help and better coaching will maximize his talents.  Mike Malone, their head coach, did a terrible job with his rotations consistently playing two centers to try to better their front court defensively, but a new coach, which is likely coming, will improve that.

What went wrong-

Coaching was a big factor.  Malone consistently played Jokic and Mason Plumlee together which stifled their guards.  Outside of their top end talent, they had a very limited bench and have been hurt by poor draft evaluation.

Future-

DEN will keep their 1st round pick, but have badly screwed up their last few drafts.  They traded the 13th pick last season to move back, pick up Trey Lyles from UTA and drafted Tyler Lydon.  Lydon barely played at all and to make matters worse, the 13th pick was Donovan Mitchell.  Jokic needs to be re-signed this summer which will be eased by a slew of expiring contracts next summer including Millsap at $30M.  They won’t have much room this summer to make any moves and Will Barton will be a free agent.  They’ll need to be smart with their moves this summer to save for cap space next summer.

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Washington 43-39 15th pick
After a couple years as the 3/4/5 seed, the Wizards really fell off this year.  They have made some shrewd moves the last few years trading their 1st round pick to acquire a helpful role player (Markieff Morris, Bogjan Bogdanovic), but never really putting it all together.  This year it came crashing down as they barely peaked .500 and were bounced in the first round under tumultuous circumstances.

What went right-
A John Wall injury that sidelined him up until the playoffs seemed to be helpful for the Wizards.  They're offense was much more team-based and guys, specifically Marcin Gortat, were vocal about how much more effective they could be in the series.  They also found a break out year in Kelly Oubre who makes the Otto Porter $100M signing last summer wishing they had a do-over.

What went wrong-
The war of words in the media between Wall and Gortat was clearly hurtful.  They clearly weren't a team that was meshing well and played below average for all the talent they have.  They're also extremely capped out by bad contracts and Wall's massive super max extension seems to have been a mistake.

Future-
As stated, the Wizards are in cap hell.  Wall, Beal and Porter take up almost the entirety of their salary cap while also paying Gortat and Mahinmi a combined $28M next season.  Oubre is also due for an extension.  They own all of their future 1st round picks, definitely a positive for them.  I'd expect them to be heavy into wheeling and dealing this summer-the best case scenario is they receive a good offer for Wall, but with his extension not even kicking in until 2019-2020 season at an average of $40M+ per year, that's not likely.  I could see them packaging Oubre, their 1st and Gortat or Mahinmi for a center that makes their front court more serviceable.  They also need to find a better evaluation of their bench.  Tomas Satoransky was their only real effective bench player aside from Oubre.  A DeAndre Jordan sign and trade for Oubre and Gortat would do wonders for both teams-WAS is provided more athleticism in their front court, a rim runner, a good locker room guy and I don't think they'd have to give up their pick for it.  LAC would bolster their wing position around Gallinari, Rivers, and Williams with a good defender and 3P shooter and a developing scorer while also getting Gortat, a decent fill in guy who's only under contract for next season.  They could definitely be a suitor for Whiteside too, but inserting another big personality into their locker room might not be ideal.
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Miami Heat 44-38 16th pick
After spending every penny and then some last off-season to re-sign Dion Waiters, Josh Richardson, James Johnson and bring in Kelly Olynyk, the Heat increased their win total by 4 games and got trounced in the first round by the 76ers.  They have a lot of decisions to make this summer, but for a team that is very far over the luxury tax line, they still have some availability to make moves.

What went right-
Many, myself included, laughed at the Heat for signing Olynyk to a massive contract of 4/52, but he was their closer at center and probably their most effective big man.  James Johnson showed he wasn't just a one year wonder and has become a bit of a point-forward and a lock down defender, even at 31 years old.  Josh Richardson's game is improving every year and he's become an efficient scorer in a crowded wing position.

What went wrong-
Hassan Whiteside's constant grumblings was a huge ditraction even as he did it very publicly during the playoffs, but he got played off the floor for much of the 2nd half of the season.  Dion Waiters only played 30 games before opting for ankle surgery hoping for a healthy return next season.  When he did play, he was his very inefficient self.  Considering his chronic injury issues and that they'll be paying him $12M per season for the next 3 years is very problematic.  Goran Dragic fell off too.  He's a young 31 by NBA standards, but his Euro career plus NBA is catching up with him and the Heat need to start looking for a replacement.

Future-
The Heat are completely capped out and can't sign any free agents.  With that said, they have the luxury to trade Whiteside, get something in return and not lose anything up front with Olynyk and Adebayo showing the ability to play both away from each other and together on the court.  They'll lose Ellington and Wade to free agency, Ellington is likely going to look for a contract much cloer to the MLE and somewhere that will guarantee him PT.  Wade, if he returns, would definitely only be in Miami and for a minimum contract which is what they should do considering he propelled them the second half of the season.  They also beat the Bucks for the tiebreaker in the draft and will pick 16th, a must hit for them because they need some depth.  Although their pieces fit together well, they don't have any real tradeable assets they'd actually look to move aside from Whiteside.

Milwaukee Bucks 44-38 17th pick
We all know the story of the Bucks, again hampered by injuries (Jabari out for half the season then Brogdon going down), a lack of identity, the poorest coaching in the NBA and a lack of consistency from its role players.  They won more games than they did the season prior which is a plus, but fell well short of their goal of 50 wins and a 2nd round playoff appearance.  They have a lot to sort out this summer, but have the advantage of a new coach who will develop players better than Kidd did and a real system.

What went right-
Giannis feasted all season and propelled himself into the top 5 conversation, even MVP at some points.  His jumpshot has improved as well which is a positive sign.  Middleton ebbed and flowed, but flowed to 20 points per game.  At times he was frustrating, but was our most consistent player depending on how you look at it.  He really upped his game in the playoffs as well.  Bledsoe was exactly who we expected-erratic, but electrifying at times, clutch but clumsy, the biggest benefit was he stayed healthy, something he's battled his whole career.

What went wrong-
Obviously the coaching is #1.  Throughout the season, we saw starts from Thon Maker, Gary Payton II, Jason Terry and DeAndre Liggins.  Much of the lack of consistency was from the ever changing lineups the first half of the season.  Payton and Liggins starting was incomprehensible and it changed game to game.  That's not a formula for a winning team.  

Future-
The future is still very bright-a new arena and head coach is something to look forward to.  The Jabari situation will be the one to keep the closest eye on.  His contract situation will certainly steer the direction of the team next year.  They also need to improve their front court position.  They still have flexibility with their pick this year and for the future and I'm still in the camp it was beneficial to keep it this season.  A healthy team, smart front office decisions and the 50 win goal is well within reach.

San Antonio Spurs-47-35 18th pick
From the start, this team was doomed.  Kawhi Leonard's injury issue hampered the entire season.  Of course, that should be expected when any team loses its superstars.  They still got great contributions and pushed to near 50 wins, but they have a lot of issues to work out this summer.

What went right-
Lamarcus Aldridge got back to playing his style of basketball, in the paint, backing guys down and feasting.  Poppovich admitted thye tried to put Aldridge in positions he wasn't comfortable with and just let him play his game.  Dejuounte Murray is a player to watch-a 6'5" combo guard with excellent vision, improved scoring and relentless defense.  They still got big contributions from their vets Mills and Ginobili.

What went wrong-
Losing Parker and Kawhi for most of the season was the downfall.  But Kawhi's injury has caused such a stir that it's been discussed daily whether the Spurs will trade him.  Kawhi is theoretically in the final year of his contract as he has a player option next summer which he'll opt out of for a max deal.  That cloud looming over their head is a big problem.  Pau Gasol was also a bit of a dud this year.  He's 38, he has severe limitations and was played off the court at times.  

Future-
The Spurs own all of their picks and at 18, they have such a good track record in that area.  What's problematic is they inexplicably doled out a 3/48 contract to Gasol and 4/50 to Mills, both of which are bench guys at their best.  They'll sit right near the salary cap line depending on what Rudy Gay does with his $8M player option-I'd expect him to decline it and look for something more long term for his last multi-year deal.  That'll give SA some wiggle room, but they are likely to lose Parker, Ginobili, and Bertans to retirement or free agency.  They have a big decision to make on Kawhi.  You'll never get a return on him that's equal to his value especially because he'll be a FA after next season, but it's definitely woth exploring what kind of godfather offer you could get for him.
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Minnesota Timberwolves 47-35, #20 pick (from OKC)

After creating their own version of the big three by trading for Jimmy Butler, signing Wiggins to a max extension and Karl Anthony-Towns, then signing Jamal Crawford and Taj Gibson, and trading for Jeff Teague, this team looked destined for elite status.  They fell well short of the expectations and narrowly made it into the playoffs. 

What went right-

Jimmy Butler was as advertised, an elite scorer with a superstar mentality.  KAT extended his range and shot 42% from 3 and they got good contributions from guys they may not have been expecting in Tyus Jones, Nemanja Bjelica.  They managed to still win nearly 50 games even with Butler going down with injury and battled through some horrendous coaching.

What went wrong-

Tom Thibodeau has basically coached himself out of the league.  He can’t help himself but play his big time players 40+ minutes per game every game and it got Butler hurt.  Then they brought in Derrick Rose late in the season to the horror of just about everyone, consistently played him over the more effective Tyus Jones and got nominal contributions from everyone else on the roster.  Andrew Wiggins had his worst year in just about every category since his rookie year and his max extension hasn’t even kicked in yet.

Future-

The Wolves are capped out sitting right at the luxury tax line for next year at $117M and that’s before they begin to work on a max extension for Towns.  They’re massively overpaying Gorgui Dieng at about $16.5M annually for the next 3 years, Taj Gibson at $14M next season and Jeff Teague at $19M for the next two seasons.  They’re in a rough spot.  Jamal Crawford will be a free agent and they don’t own their 2018 1st round pick as it will go to ATL after trading that pick for Adriean Payne in 2015 who went on to barely play for Minnesota.  They’re going to be hoping for much greater contributions from their 1st round pick last summer Justin Patton but he appeared in only 1 game this season.  Minnesota’s in a rough spot this summer only dealing with minimum contracts and must fill out a roster that is bleeding at the wing.  They will own OKC’s 2018 1st round pick from two prior trades and with OKC just behind them in the standings, it doesn’t hurt as bad, but they need to hit on this pick.

Oklahoma City 48-34, no pick

OKC, much like MIN, went their own route with their version of a big 3 of Westbrook, George and Carmelo.  It seemed like the rutters fell off when Andre Roberson went down with injury, but there’s much deeper rooted issues with this team and with Paul George possibly fleeing in free agency, the future is not bright in OKC.

What went right-

The first half of the season, OKC was playing well.  They found consistently good lineups of a balance of offense and defense, but Roberson was their glue and when he got hurt, they lost their way.  Paul George looked like an elite all-star the first half of the season as well, but also fell off after an injury.  I guess the bright spot was Westbrook averaged his triple double (extreme sarcasm).

What went wrong-

Other than the Roberson injury, there isn’t one thing to point at.  It just seems like a Westbrook-led team isn’t destined for anything but pretty stats.  Carmelo Anthony was such a shell of himself it looks like they may go the route of buying him out.  They had absolutely no bench playing Jerami Grant and Raymond Felton for long stretches and in closing games. 

Future-

Well, George may be gone, they don’t own their pick and they may have to buy out Carmelo.  But OKC is a historically stingy franchise, they may be hard pressed to buy Melo out, but for franchise success, it’s likely in their best interest.  But franchise success has always taken a backseat to cost savings (see: James Harden not receiving a proper extension).  If George leaves and Melo is bought out, OKC will have about $15M in cap space to work with.  But that leaves two starting positions up for grabs to be fixed in free agency.  This team may resort back to the season prior where it’s Westbrook and a bunch of random guys.  The future isn’t bright in OKC and they have limited options even if George re-signs.  They really need to hope Terrance Ferguson takes a big step next season.

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Utah Jazz 48-34 21st pick
After losing Hayward to free agency, the Jazz looked destined for a middle of the road team.  Then they traded up and drafted Donovan Mitchell for their pick in the 20's and Trey Lyles and immediately found their franchise cornerstone.  They went on to make a trade, essentially trading Rodney Hood for Jae Crowder straight up which seemed like a loss in the trade value, but he fit right into their system.  They blew out the Thunder in the 1st round and lost to HOU in the 2nd round.

What went right-
Obviously Mitchell was a huge get for them at pick #13, which just goes to show, getting the highest pick possible doesn't always mean a guarantee.  Quinn Snyder did a remarkable job coaching this team and even kept them competitive when Gobert got hurt.  Joe Ingles seemed like a massive overpay in free agency which seemed like a feel-good re-signing to keep Hayward which didn't work out, but Ingles was terrific all year and stifled Paul George in the playoffs while shooting 50% and above from 3.  Royce O'Neal also was a huge steal for them getting him off of a summer league roster.

What went wrong-
Their team-scheme couldn't hold up against the star power of HOU, but you can't blame them for that.  Although Favors had a very good year, their front court was complicated with Favors/Gobert occupying a lot of the same space and getting virtually nothing from their bench in the front court.  When they traded for Rubio, it seemed like he'd be the floor general for them, but was forced to play more off-ball to Mitchell which isn't his fortay.  They also got little to nothing from some of their young players-Rodney Hood, Alec Burks and Dante Exum.  

Future-
The Jazz own all of their picks plus three future 2nd rounders from various teams.  They currently sit at around $89M in payroll for next season leaving them somewhere between $12-18M in cap space with Favors, Exum and Neto as free agents.  I'd suspect they're going to let Favors walk and find a better fit for their front court.  They're also paying a lot of dead money (a combined $33M) to Crowder, Burks, Sefolosha, Jerebko and Udoh.  Crowder and Sefolosha are the only two that really are positive outputs, but outside of Crowder, all of them are expiring contracts.  They could turn some of those into positive assets this summer.  They may try to re-sign Exum but he has a lengthy injury history and very slow development, albeit positive. 

New Orleans Pelicans 48-34, no pick
Going into the year, the Pelicans had the strangest roster construction of top tier talent with little to no bench.  They managed through a Cousins Achilles injury to actually get better, Davis propelled himelf into the MVP race and they swept Portland inexplicably in the first round.  They have a lot of work to do with their roster this summer, but are headed in a more positive direction than what was previously thought.

What went right-
Jrue Holiday and Rajon Rondo were terrific.  Holiday had his best season of his career while Rondo resurrected his.  They made a midseason trade for Nikola Mirotic to help spread the floor, a shrewd move for them only giving up their 1st round pick to get him for this past season and next.  Davis also stayed relatively healthy and put his dominance on display.

What went wrong-
Depending on how you look at it, Cousins injury was almost helpful to them, but it could be that Cousins and Davis just need to get consistent time together.  Outside of their top guys, they had little to show for a bench.  E'Twaun Moore was really their only positive bench player outside of Mirotic, something they'll have to do some fancy roster work with this summer.

Future-
The Pelicans 22nd pick will go to Chicago in the Mirotic trade.  They'll also keep Mirotic on a team option for next season at $12.5M.  They'll be under the salary cap at $96M, but that's barely below and Cousins is a free agent.  Cousins seemed to really enjoy this team.  He'll definitely go through the free agency ring, but I'd expect him to re-sign with New Orleans if the money's right.  Rondo is also a free agent, but after bouncing around from team to team for the last 4 years, I'd expect him to look for more consistency and do whatever it takes to stay in New Orleans-the hang up might be his ask, money-wise.  They'll be severely limited in free agency due to their financial constraints, but shouldn't have a problem finding guys that want to come in and play on minimum contracts that are shooters.
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Indiana Pacers 48-34, 23rd pick
After trading Paul George to the Thunder for Oladipo and Sabonis, the Pacers seemed to be putting together a young core to find what fits.  They accelerated their building process by getting the most out of every one of their players this year.  Oladipo launched himself into the MIP category and borderline all-star while getting major contributions from lesser players in Darren Collison, Thaddeus Young and Bogdan Bogdanovic.  They took CLE to game 7 in the first round of the playoffs and fought resiliently and have a bright future ahead of them.

What went right-
Victor Oladipo, after being miscast in Orlando and OKC, took over in IND as the primary scorer and ballhandler.  Everyone played off of his ability to drive and kick and step back.  They also baffled teams putting Sabonis as their small ball center who you would think you could take advantage of, but their athleticism on the perimeter and supreme rebounding stifled teams at times.  

What went wrong-
Myles Turner took a major step backwards this year.  His first few years, he showed promise as an elite shot blocker, the ability to show a soft touch around the basket and shoot from the perimeter.  But his pedestrian rebounding numbers, inconsistent play and rough man to man defense drowned the team at times forcing a lot of small-ball.  They didn't have an answer for bigger bodies and were forced to play Trevor Booker and Al Jefferson a lot.  Lance Stephenson is a folktown hero in Indiana and his night to night intensity is a huge draw, but he was massively inconsistent, drowned the team in his 1 on 1 play and shot poorly.

Future-
Indiana holds all of their future 1st round picks and will pick 23rd this year.  They hold a team option for Lance Stephenson ($4.5M) and Thad Young holds a player option that he may exercise to find a longer term contract.  If they declined Lance's option and Thad opts out, they'll hold about $30M in cap space.  They have Oladipo as  their only long term contract and have major expiring contracts in Collison ($10.5M), Bogdanovic ($10.5M), Al Jefferson ($10M) and Cory Joseph ($7.5M) to work with.  They need to find a better answer at center, a rim protector and rebounder to round out their rotation.  They could target DeAndre Jordan in FA, but most likely would offer up picks, expiring contracts and young players in TJ Leaf, and Myles Turner in trade discussions.

Portland Trailblazers 49-33, 24th pick
A 49 win season should be considered good for any team, but the way the Blazers finished the season is leaving a bad taste in their fans mouths.  They went on a major run during the 2/3 portion of the season before falling off and getting swept in the first round by the Pelicans.  The Blazers have little scoring outside of Lillard and McCollum who aren't great fits together, couple that with some bad contracts and a nearly 50 win team could be on the verge of blowing it up.

What went right-
At times, Portland would shoot other teams right out of the gym.  Lillard and McCollum can be unguardable, but their defense is pedestrian at best.  Jusuf Nurkic was a big time add for them a season ago, and showed the ability to man the middle and get tough rebounds.  Zach Collins, who they traded up for, came along very slowly, but showed some big time contributions late in the season.  

What went wrong-
When Lillard and/or McCollum were off, they had little to make up for it.  Those two made up a good portion of their scoring.  Their defense was also pretty horrendous all season although they tout decent defenders in Aminu and Harkless.  They had a glut of good players that all played the same position-Lillard and McCollum, then Shabazz Napier off the bench, but they couldn't play all 3 at the same time.  Their coach, Terry Stotts, also trotted out various lineups that didn't fit and got him fired.

Future-
Of all the teams in the non-lottery category, the Blazers might be in the worst position.  They hold all of their future 1st round picks, but are also paying Evan Turner, Meyers Leonard, Maurice Harkless and Al Farouq Aminu a combined $45M, almost half of their salary.  And Aminu, the least of those contracts and biggest contributor, is the only one their not paying beyond next year.  Nurkic is also a free agent and they'll have to decide whether to pony up yet another big contract for him.  With Nurkic, Napier, Ed Davis and Pat Connaughton all as free agents, they're still well over the cap at $112M payroll.  They'll likely need to pony up a first round pick or two to jettison one of those contracts, hopefully Turner to even begin to talk about re-tooling.  Their fans are clamoring for a McCollum trade to bolster their front court.
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Cleveland Cavaliers 50-32, 8th pick

After coming into the season as a top contender in the East, the Cavs barely squeeked out 50 wins while re-tooling their roster throughout the season.  They launched probably the most amount of starting lineups by any winning team this season and it wasn't due to injury.  Lebron had to play superman most of the year due to a lack of supporting cast and Kevin Love nagging injuries.  Ty Lue found himself on the hot-seat throughout the season as well.  Never the less, the Cavs are still fighting in the playoffs thanks to Lebron putting on his superman cape.

What went right-
Lebron was Lebron.  They haven't found much consistency outside of him.  JR Smith and Korver have their nights when they look like the shooters they're known to be.  Love is just as enigmatic.  There isn't much to write home about in this season.  They haven't gotten to see their young players as much either but I still think Ante Zizic and Cedi Osman have bright futures.

What went wrong-
Inconsistency.  After a tumultuous off-season where Kyrie was dealt for Isaiah Thomas and the BKN pick, IT was found to be a horrendous fit and they had to panic trade him away for Clarkson and Nance who have found themselves either playing large bench roles, or getting DNP's in the playoffs.  They also flipped Demarre Carroll for Rodney Hood who hasn't seen any significant playing time.  On the other hand, Carroll played a significant role for the Jazz throughout the season.  

Future-
Lebron is a free agent this summer.  The Cavs have a lot to work with in terms of valuable trade pieces and the BKN pick.  But they'll have to be smart about every move.  If they think they can re-sign Lebron, they could offer a monster offer of the 8th pick, George Hill's expiring contract and young players in Osman and Zizic for something of value.  Kemba Walker is ripe for the taking and the Hornets would have to jump all over a trade that would include them getting Walker and dumping a contract like Zeller or MKG/Batum.  If Lebron leaves though and they make a trade like that, they'll be stuck in a bad cap situation with Kemba and Love expiring following next season.  I tend to believe Lebron isn't going anywhere.  He's still at the top of his game, but he's 33 and moving on again could hurt his legacy.

Philadelphia 76ers 52-30, 10th, 26th pick
Many saw a jump from the 76ers coming, but I don't think many saw 52 wins and a 3 seed coming.  They've accelerated the process through shrewd moves and they're only going to continue to get better with a stack of draft picks and cap space.  Ben Simmons came into his quasi-rookie year and dominated.  He's so far away from ever being a scorer it's scary and he was exposed in the playoffs, but he's such a gifted creator, it may not matter.  PHI found themselves among the worst teams in turnovers, but they play at a frenetic pace and without a true PG running their starting group coupled with how young they are it's bound to improve.  They need to see some significant strides from Markelle Fultz though, if they want to get to the next level.

What went right-
Just about everything went the 76ers way this year.  It started last off-season by bringing in JJ Redick on a 1 year deal, then trickled down to some fantastic moves picking up Belinelli and Ilyasova on the waiver wire.  TJ McConnell had a bit of a break out year as the first PG off the bench, creating when Simmons wasn't in.  Dario Saric's improvement and development was also something to watch.  He may not get a whole lot better, he's 23 going on 24 and has played professionally for the better part of 7 years, but a more consistent jump shot will sky rocket this team.

What went wrong-
Joel Embiid went down with a freak injury after breaking his orbital bone, but the 76ers continued on with a massive winning streak even without him.  Simmons, for as good as he is, completely stunts the offense by his lack of scoring.  As stated, he can be exposed by playing off of him and daring him to shoot which he won't do.  And outside of Simmons, without Fultz playing significant minutes, they saw a serious lack of playmaking and scoring on the perimeter.  

Future-
The 76ers have the best package of assets, cap space and draft picks in the NBA.  The rich continue to get richer.  They own the 10th and 26th picks in the draft, a few young players and prospects still in Europe and max cap space.  The Lebron sweepstakes is in full bloom in PHI.  But I think it'd be a bad fit and I'm not sure he goes there as it wouldn't be a team necessarily stamped with his logo.  There aren't any other great fits in free agency, so without Lebron, I see them trying to put together a package for Kawhi Leonard.  Fultz, Covington and their 2018 draft picks could do it.  Kawhi is in the final year of his deal and lines in the sand have been drawn between him and San Antonio.  

Boston Celtics 55-27, 27th pick
After losing Gordon Hayward 10 minutes into the regular season, the season seemed to be up in the air.  Then Kyrie Irving went down and was lost for the last 1/3 of the season and the playoffs.  Yet they're still battling and are in the driver's seat to head to the Finals, inexplicably.  They're riding high on coaching, development of their young players and Al Horford.  It's scary to think what this team could be like with such dynamic players in Irving and Hayward back.

What went right-
Jayson Tatum looking like a perennial all-star helps.  Jaylen Brown's development also has been significant after whispers about his lack of offensive consistency early in his career.  Al Horford, although may have coasted through a bit of the regulr season, turned the jets on and has looked like an All-NBA player through the playoffs.  They've also had to rely on guys like Shane Larkin, Semi Ojeleye and Marcus Morris heavily which has been a poor bench, but it hasn't been an Achilles heal for them yet.  Terry Rozier has also played like a mad man at times, just in time for him to begin talking about getting paid big time this summer.

What went wrong-
The injuries are the only thing I can point to.  Not having arguably two of your best players and still on the doorsteps of the Finals is incredible.  

Future-
Like the 76ers, the rich will continue to get richer.  They're right at the salary cap with free agents to be in Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier.  I wouldn't expect Smart back unless he takes a bit of a paycut relative to what he could get in the open market.  Rozier is even less likely.  I bet he'll get something like 4/60 from someone this summer and will be gone, especially with Irving coming back, pushing Rozier to the bench.  They also own the Kings 2019 1st rd pick, Grizzlies 2019 1st rd pick (protected top 8 in 2019, top 6 in 2020 and unprotected in 2021) and the Clippers 2019 1st rd pick (top 14 protected in 2019 and 2020).  They don't have any massive needs outside of a bench big man.  I'd expect them to deal one of those picks to fill that need this summer.
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Golden State Warriors, 58-24, 28th pick
After winning the championship and keeping their core together, a 58 win season would seem to be a bit of a disappointment.  But championship hangover, a bit of regular season lull and some injuries kept them from their usual teetering around 65 wins.  All in all, a Finals appearance and likely championship is on the horizon.

What went right-
The Warriors made some bold moves bringing back most of their core, at a major cost, by signing Iguodala, Livingston to extensions and bringing in Nick Young to a decent sized contract.  They added JaVale McGee and Quinn Cook to the mix, both of whom played big roles during portions of the season.  Durant only played 68 games, while Curry only played 51, the lowest since his disastrous ankle injury season.  They managed to fight through those injuries (who wouldn't, when they still had Durant, Thompson and Draymond).

What went wrong-
Injuries and championship hangover were their only real setback.  Iguodala is now hurt and will be missed massively early in the Finals, but I'd expect him back by game 2 or 3.  They also played Russian roulette throughout the season with lesser known players starting Cook and McGee at times, while Pat McCaw and Kevon Looney also saw significant PT.

Future-
Kevin Durant, Nick Young, Kevon Looney, David West, Zaza Pachulia, JaVale McGee and Pat McCaw are all free agents this summer.  Extension talks with Klay Thompson will also begin as he'll be a RFA next summer.  Durant and Thompson will be the two biggest moves this summer.  I fully expect both to be back on long term deals.  A lot has been discussed about Klay Thompson's future, but he gets to play 3rd banana with no repercussions on a winning team and I'd expect that to be worth the paycut he'll have to take short of a max deal.  Looney has shown some impressive flashes late in the season as a hybrid center, but he'll garner significant interest in FA.  Jordan Bell had his ups and downs in his rookie season, but overall, he's a net positive moving forward and I'd expect him to take on the Looney/McGee role.  The Warriors hold the 28th pick, somewhere they've feasted on in the draft in recent years making shrewd moves.

Toronto Raptors, 59-23, no pick
A 60 win season somewhat came out of nowhere for a team that stumbled in the playoffs last year bringing back most of the same roster and spending a ton in free agency on Lowry, Ibaka among others.  They once again stumbled in the playoffs, getting embarrassed in a sweep by the Cavaliers.  Last summer, I said similar things about how Toronto will only regress with their age and lack of success in the post-season.  I think that stands even truer today.  They can't continue down this path, paying a ton of money only to be outted in the 2nd round year after year.  I think they'll slow play everything this summer.  They don't own a pick and if Lebron leaves for the West, they'll stand pat and hope for another successful season without the Lebron brick wall in front of them.

What went right-
Relative health was helpful.  The emergence of Valanciunas fitting into their lineup also helped.  They found a successful piece in Pascal Siakam late in the season as their small ball, defensive 4.  They also relied heavily on their bench of lesser known players in Fred Van Vleet, CJ Miles, OG Anunoby and Delon Wright.  They rounded out the best bench in the NBA by many metrics.

What went wrong-
They shrunk when it counted.  60 wins is nothing to sneeze at, so just about everything went right in the regular season, but in the post-season, Lowry andDerozan always seem to come up short.  They fired their coach Dwyane Casey after the season who hilariously won coach of the year while trying to find a scapegoat.  

Future-
The Raptors traded their 1st and 2nd round picks to BKN to take on Demarre Carroll's contract, so now picks coming in the draft barring a trade or buying into the 2nd round.  The Raptors will bring back their entire roster (and massive payroll) minus Lucas Noguiera and Fred Van Vleet.  They'll most certainly try to bring back FVV on a short term contract, but he'll garner some significant free agent interest, however any deal he gets, TOR could nearly meet.  I don't see any swing for the fences type moves coming for them and hope their young players-Anunoby, Poeltl, Siakam continue to develop and round out their rotation.

Houston Rockets, 65-17, no pick
It wasn't inconceivable to see the Rockets win this many games, it was a bit surprising to see them take the 1 seed by 7 games over the Warriors though.  A Chris Paul injury probably cost them a trip to the Finals.  27 straight missed 3's may not have happened with CP3 running the show rather than Harden going Westbrook in game 7.  Regardless, it was a very successful season and they have some big moves to make this summer, but I'd expect them to continue their reign as a top flight team.

What went right-
The big question was how CP3 and Harden would share the ball and they did it miraculously.  Harden got worn down and inefficient prior to the CP3 acquisition.  Bringing in CP3 allowed him to play off the ball at times and he got even better.  He'll likely be the MVP based on voter fatigue of Lebron.  They also got a huge lift from their bench and made some phenomenal moves bringing in Gerald Green, bringing back Nene, and bringing in Mbah A Moute all who played major roles at times.

What went wrong-
Chris Paul's injury woes and age are a huge concern.  He only played 58 games and missed the two most important games of the season as they were up 3-2 on the Warriors and lost the final two to go home.  They probably need a third scorer and could try to make that happen this summer depending on what CP3 wants in free agency.  Eric Gordon was very good for them all season, but he's not a third leading scorer on a championship team.

Future-
Chris Paul, Clint Capela, Trevor Ariza, Luc Mbah A Moute and Gerald Green, all of whom who started or played major bench roles, are free agents this summer.  Tasks #1 and #2 will be to re-sign Paul and Capela.  CP3 isn't going anywhere and will likely stay even if it means taking a paycut.  Capela will garner max or near-max interest this summer so HOU will have to decide whether to match that.  I believe they'll have the availability to try to sign a player like Paul George if they renounce most of everyone which would include not bringing back Capela.  So they'll have to decide whether to go with a big 3, or maintain what they ahd in a 65 win team, bring in some vets and try to make that work.
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