24. Detroit Pistons
The Pistons had the worst record in the NBA last season, but are loaded with lottery picks. Former number one overall selection Cade Cunningham needs to become a superstar and the others must transform into winning role players around him. New head coach Monty Williams has a knack for developing talent, and the Pistons have several capable players already.
Verdict: Closed, but could crack the window if Cunningham takes a superstar leap.
23. Toronto Raptors
Toronto lost Fred VanVleet in free agency but was quick to replace him with Dennis Schroder. They have a short window to decide their fate after missing the playoffs. Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby, and Gary Trent Jr. can all be unrestricted free agents in 2024. The Raptors must lock them up or trade them before it is too late.
Verdict: Closer to rebuilding than contending and need clarity on their future as soon as possible.
22. Brooklyn Nets
The Nets have a ton of pieces of a contending roster but are missing the alpha. Mikal Bridges is looking to make his first All-Star appearance and solidify himself as a star. Cam Johnson, Ben Simmons, Dorian Finney-Smith, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Royce O’Neale have all played key roles on teams that made deep playoff runs.
Acquiring a number one will not be easy, but Brooklyn has talent.