21. Orlando Magic
The Magic could have two future All-Stars on their roster in Paolo Banchero and Franz Wagner. Both are young developing talents on a team full of talent. Joe Ingles is the only player on Orlando’s roster over 30 years old. If the Magic can develop a few more pieces, they could quickly vault up the standings.
Verdict: Closed, but the Magic could make a surprise playoff appearance in 2024.
20. Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks have two All-Stars in their backcourt, and the franchise attempted to acquire a third star (subscription required) this offseason. Atlanta wants to make a deep playoff run, but can they win the title with Trae Young as their starting point guard?
Verdict: Hawks should return to playoffs, but will make another early exit.
19. Indiana Pacers
Tyrese Haliburton became an All-Star last season, but can he vault into a top-ten player? The Pacers added Bruce Brown and have young talent around him. Is it enough to make a massive leap? Indiana is still a few pieces away, but Haliburton has the potential to be the best player on a title team. The Pacers need him to develop and get the most out of their recent draft picks.