By now we’ve all returned to our normal habits and schedules. The holidays are all over, but the real test of those pesky resolutions are still hanging over your life. So with the calendar change, what resolutions could NBA teams use this new year?
Be Better Financially
Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons
Although the Pistons made a huge change on Christmas Day, even if it affects them for the next four years, they’re winning game spike shows how they’ve made the right investments so far. But Brooklyn and New York are hampered by big money contracts that aren’t producing much. Carmelo Anthony might sit out of the rest of the season, which will put the Knicks into tank mode and attempt to add some value to that trash roster. And Lionel Hollins moved Brook Lopez and Derron Williams to the bench where they have proved to be much better, but will still keep the Nets hamstrung to bring in new players.
Hit the Gym
Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves
The Twolves got roped around by early injuries and need some conditioning as well as a boost in size. They’ve got a young core getting established there, but Zach LaVine and Andrew Wiggins need to bulk up if they’re going to keep up with the physical play of slashing guards.
The Sixers and Celtics have big men that are too skinny and have the fear of being swallowed up whole by the likes of Dwight Howard and DeMarcus Cousins. Kelly Olynyk and Nerlens Noel are still very young into their development, but strapping on weights to get deep into the post should make a difference.
Find a New Significant Other
Denver Nuggets, Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans, Orlando Magic
For the Nuggets, this means everything must go, scorched earth policy kind of clean house. Brian Shaw will probably be the first to go, but that whole house needs to be re-built and look for the Nugs to sell off players for draft picks as soon as the contract period opens up later this month.
For the Kings, Pelicans and Magic, they need to dump their coaches. For Sacramento’s sake, maybe Mike Malone wasn’t the answer, but the way it was handled and replacing him with Ty Corbin is not the response anyone wants. Bring DeMarcus Cousins into the conversation next time. The Pels and Magic have hit their ceiling with their coaches and need to find the next spot. Given they both have young assets that are still raw and talented, it shouldn’t be hard to find upper echelon value of coach.
Don’t Call Your Ex
Miami Heat & Indiana Pacers
It’s hard to let go, but you need to stay the course. LeBron won’t be coming back to South Beach (unless maybe he is?) and Indiana are in for a bad season anyways due to Paul George’s injury. But neither of them should be looking backwards, the Pacers are going to keep George on ice and see if they can get a decent lottery pick to help that team in scoring. And Miami has two great young prospects in Shabazz Napier and James Ennis and just need them to get acclimated to their team and ready to roll.