30. Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta is in for a rough, rough season. The rebuild will solely focus around guard Trae Young, forward Taurean Prince, and big man John Collins. Young is as polarizing a prospect as there was in this year’s draft. He’ll be a walking highlight — though he’ll still have to navigate through the physicality of the professional game.
Fortunately for Atlanta, it appears as if it struck gold with Collins. He’s got the look of a double-double machine for the next decade. This will be a team rooted in tanking. It can only hope it’ll be in line to snag R.J. Barrett next year.
29. Sacramento Kings
The Kings are simply the Kings. Poorly run and bursting with youth, it’s not exactly a recipe for success. There are some intriguing parts — namely De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Bodgan Bogdanović, Harry Giles and Marvin Bagley III. However, this team simply has no identity. There’s a glaring need for a veteran presence to guide all of these young players through the doldrums of the 82-game season.
This team will be nothing more than a reprieve for other West teams to feast on amid the horrendously difficult conference.
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