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One Thing Each NBA Team Can Use in the New Year

From Christmas wish lists to New Year’s resolutions.

The New Year is quickly approaching and we still have well over a half the NBA season to go. There remains plenty of time for pretenders to become contenders and vice versa, but for that to happen, teams need to see some things go right. We can all get better in the new year and for that, we make our New Years resolutions.

Here are 30 resolutions for 30 NBA teams!

Atlanta Hawks: Let Trae Cook

  • The Atlanta Hawks are one of the worst fourth quarter teams in basketball and as their key contributors look to get back from COVID protocol, Atlanta will count on superstar point Trae Young to help create more fourth quarter offence.

Boston Celtics: Close Out Games

  • The Celtics Christmas Day loss to the Milwaukee Bucks was yet another example of how poor Boston has been in the clutch this season, boasting of the league’s worst clutch records. Now, with Jayson Tatum entering COVID protocol, the Celtics will need to lean more heavily on Jaylen Brown as they continue to search for late game closing help.

Brooklyn Nets: Get Kyrie Vaccinated

  • Let’s be honest, at full strength, the Brooklyn Nets may very well have one of the better rosters in NBA history. James Harden has begun to perform since his most recent return and Kevin Durant – when healthy – has played at an MVP pace. Surprisingly, the Nets are also a top-5 defensive team in the league per defensive rating. The only thing missing is Kyrie Irving who is expected to be back on a part-time basis, but he is two needle pinches away from being all the way back!

Charlotte Hornets: More Defense

  • The Charlotte Hornets are a difficult team to understand. They are second in the NBA in offense but dead last in defense, yet continue to cling onto the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Hornets don’t make it any easier on their defense with the amount of second chance opportunities they give up. Things got to change and the Hornets must bring in some more defensive minded players to the current group.

Chicago Bulls: Shoot more Threes

  • The Chicago Bulls are ranked third in the NBA in three-point percentage, but take the 24th most threes in the entire league. Maybe call me crazy, but the second best team in the Eastern Conference can benefit from a few more three-pointers per game.

Cleveland Cavaliers: Fewer Turnovers

  • The Cleveland Cavaliers have been a revelation this season and are currently one of the top teams in the entire Eastern Conference. Their success starts on the defensive end where they are ranked second in the NBA, but they are middle of the pack offensively, and their 15.7 turnovers per game (27th) is a big contributor to their inconsistencies. In 2022, the Cavs can use some more care with the basketball.

Dallas Mavericks: Help for Luka

  • Kristaps Porzingis has been playing well, especially in the pick-n-roll, but once against the chemistry the Mavs were hoping to see between Porzingis and Luka Doncic has not been there. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Jalen Brunson have been good, but neither are worthy number twos on a legitimate contender – something the Mavericks could have been in a year that started with no clear separator team. The big question here is can the Mavs front office put something together by the trade deadline to get Doncic some help?

Denver Nuggets: Get Jamal Murray Back

  • Things haven’t been easy for the Nuggets this season with Murray out rehabbing an injury. Things have only gotten tougher when promising young star Michael Porter Jr. went down with another back injury. It will remain difficult, but the Nuggets have no choice but to continue to weather the storm as they wait for their star guard to return.

Detroit Pistons: Remain Dreadful

  • The Detroit Pistons are the worst team in basketball. Outside of the continued development of the likes of first overall pick Cade Cunningham and Saddiq Bey, the Pistons don’t really have anything else to look forward to other than holding pat and making a run for the first overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.

Golden State Warriors: A Healthy Klay Thompson

  • At 27-6, the Warriors really don’t need much as they are once again front and center in the NBA’s title picture. While the Phoenix Suns have had incredible success this season with nearly the same roster as the one that took them to the 2021 Finals, the Warriors still have room for improvement as Thompson has yet to play a single game this season. That is set to change at the turn of the calendar as both Thompson and 2020 lottery pick James Wiseman are expected to return sooner rather than later.

Houston Rockets: Turn Jalen Green into a Star

  • Jalen Green’s rookie season has had its ups and downs, but nevertheless, he remains the center of the Rockets’ rebuild plans. This Rockets seasons hangs on his shoulders and if the year ends with Green’s development trending in a positive direction, then Houston may be onto something.

Indiana Pacers: Find a Shot Creator

  • The Indiana Pacers have a very interesting roster and with Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis, they have two star players who do very different things. What the Pacers don’t have is a guy who can create his own offence and make plays when the team needs it most. Malcolm Brogdon and Caris LeVert have both been good when healthy, but the Pacers need to find a third star.

Los Angeles Clippers: Survive until Kawhi Returns

  • Paul George is now out indefinitely with a ligament tear, making the Clippers mission to the playoffs even more difficult. It is unknown whether Kawhi Leonard will be ready to return if the Clippers are to make the postseason, but at this point, the Los Angeles just need to navigate through all the turbulence.

Los Angeles Lakers: Trade Russell Westbrook

  • Given the contract and the age, trading Russell Westbrook is easier said than done. There may be some potential suitors out there, but there is probably no situation in which the Lakers can make a Westbrook move and feel overly confident about the return. That being said, the Lakers had high expectations going into the season and things have failed to work. There is no point in fixing what is broken and it is time to move on.

Memphis Grizzlies: Consistent Help for Ja

  • Ja Morant is one of the young superstars in this league, but the Grizzlies must find him co-star soon before Morant is in line for a big pay day. With guys like Brendan Clarke, the Grizzlies have pieces to move, but its time to go all in on the 22-year old superstar point guard.

Miami Heat: Stay Consistent

  • The blue print for the Miami Heat is fairly simple. They are a top-five offensive and defensive team in the NBA and after making a number of key additions in the offseason, it is up to the Heat to continue to stay consistent.

Milwaukee Bucks: Secondary Depth

  • PJ Tucker is no longer here but Donte DiVincenzo has finally made his return from injury. With Brook Lopez out indefinitely following back surgery, the Bucks will need to add some more secondary depth around their big-3 of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jrue Holiday, and Khris Middleton if they hope to have a chance at repeating as champions.

Minnesota Timberwolves: Stop Fouling

  • Between Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell and Anthony Edwards, the Wolves have some star power, but boy do they give up a ton of points off fouls. There is no team that fouls more than the Wolves do and if they hope to remain a playoff team, they must find more discipline on defense.

New Orleans Pelicans: Help get Zion Williamson Healthy

  • Can someone please tell me what is happening with Zion Williamson? Is he hurt? Is he overweight? Will he ever play again? Pelicans, this is your future, get him right.

New York Knicks: Get D-Rose Back

  • Whenever Derrick Rose goes down with a lower body injury, you can’t help but to hold your breath. The New York Knicks have been a model of inconsistency this season, but if they hope to have any sort of success in the playoffs, they will need a healthy Derrick Rose in the fold.

Oklahoma City Thunder: More Picks

  • This one is a certainty. It’s Sam Presti – what else could he possibly want?

Orlando Magic: Give Everyone a Fair Look

  • Markelle Fultz is a full participant in practice while Jonathan Isaac’s timetable remains unclear. Despite how poorly the season has gone, the Magic have seen some positive developments from their younger pieces, including Cole Anthony, Jalen Suggs, Mo Bamba, and Franz Wagner. Nothing to do from here but to continue giving everyone a shot to prove themselves to the front office.

Philadelphia 76ers: No more Simmons Drama

  • Ben Simmons has yet to play a single game for the Philadelphia 76ers this season, yet the drama revolving his situation has continue to overshadow the Sixers year. Something’s got to give and the players are surely looking to move on past this draining saga. It’s time for Daryl Morey to make a move.

Phoenix Suns: Monitor CP3’s Minutes

  • Chris Paul is 36-years old and has been logging 32 minutes a night, while playing in every single game this season for the powerhouse Suns. At this point, Phoenix has established themselves as one of the clear Finals contenders in the league, meaning resting Paul along the way will become paramount if the Suns hope to repeat their 2021 success.

Portland Trail Blazers: Move CJ

  • The CJ McCollum-Damian Lillard experiment have run its course and its time for the Blazers to find something new. Trading Lillard is not an option meaning moving McCollum for maybe a Ben Simmons caliber player could be the move.

Sacramento Kings: A Miracle

  • Front office changes, coaching firings, yet the Kings remain the same. Nothing changes and it this point, the Kings organization can use a miracle in an effort to right this drowning ship.

San Antonio Spurs: Help Pop Win

  • Head coach Gregg Popovich is 23 wins away from passing Don Nelson for winningest head coach in NBA history. The Spurs haven’t been overly great this season and are currently sitting at 14-19. The Spurs have 49 games left to help Coach Pop make history this year.

Toronto Raptors: Find a Bench

  • Scottie Barnes looks to be a future star so credit to the Toronto Raptors for making the bold choice with their number four selection in this past year’s draft. Looking past Barnes, Fred VanVleet, Gary Trent Jr., Pascal Siakam, and OG Anunoby have all played very well when on the floor. The only thing that has been missing in second unit consistency which at times has been downright brutal. The Raptors core needs some help if they wish to get back to competing in the near future.

Utah Jazz: Playoff Success

  • Once again, the Utah Jazz are an absolute wagon. Similar to last season, they are a top-10 offense and defense, and are first in the league in a number of offensive categories. The only thing that matters for them right now is performance in the postseason. This is how their season will be judged.

Washington Wizards: Keep Adding

  • The Wizards did good moving off of Russell Westbrook – exceptionally so. Now, as they look to be a potential playoff team, Washington will need to continue to add and bring on a suitable co-star that will mesh well alongside Bradley Beal.

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