The 2020 NBA Draft has come and gone and while we are in the midst of NBA Free Agency with the 2020-21 NBA season starting on Dec. 22, plenty of teams have done their best in trying to improve their rosters for a chance at making the NBA Playoffs, while other teams have struggled a bit or have given up all hope and gone into total rebuild mode. This seems to be where the Houston Rockets are trending towards.
Although both Russell Westbrook and James Harden are still listed on the Rockets roster, both players have made it clear to management that they want out of Houston and want no part of being a part of the rebuild. Russell Westbrook will likely be on the move via trade before James Harden is dealt, so if you are a Rockets fan, take a deep breath, find a 76ers fan and ask about what “The Process” is because rebuilding this Rockets team will be a process in itself.
The Rockets are not the only team to have made it clear they are rebuilding as the Oklahoma City Thunder have also gone into rebuild mode, but in an impressive way. Will the Thunder make the playoffs this coming year? It sure does not look like it, but they did last year after being picked to finish at the bottom of the Western Conference so who knows? The one thing we do know is that GM Sam Presti is an absolute genius and with the flurry of first-round draft picks his team owns over the course of the next five drafts, the Thunder will be a team to watch over the next few years.
Although they may not have made this list of the top five teams to have improved the most so far this offseason, a round of applause is in order for the Detroit Pistons and GM Troy Weaver who have set this franchise up for success for years to come. Former Coach of the Year, Dwane Casey, is such a fantastic coach and after going out and acquiring Jerami Grant in free agency, as well as drafting young core pieces for the future in Killian Hayes (Pick No. 7), Isaiah Stewart (Pick No. 16) and Saddiq Bey (Pick No. 19), the Pistons are in a fantastic position to grow and be a threat in the Eastern Conference in a couple of seasons.
Now, without further ado, let’s dive in and take a look at the five teams who improved the most so far this NBA offseason.