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ESPN's Future Franchise Rankings

The Future Power Rankings are ESPN Insider's projection of the on-court success expected for each team in the 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. HOW FUTURE POWER RATING IS DETERMINED PLAYERS (0 to 400 points): Current players and their potential for the future, factoring in expected departures MANAGEMENT (0 to 200 points): Quality and stability of front office, ownership, coaching MONEY (0 to 200 points): Projected salary-cap situation; ability and willingness to exceed cap and pay luxury tax MARKET (0 to 100 points): Appeal to future acquisitions based on team quality, franchise reputation, city's desirability as a destination, market size, taxes, business and entertainment opportunities, arena quality, fans DRAFT (0 to 100 points): Future draft picks; draft positioning 1. Miami 696 2. OKC 692 3. LAL 675 4. CHI 666 5. JAZZ 595 6. ORL 584 7. NYN 583 8. SAS 581 9. DAL 570 10. HOU 555 "Houston still has some factors in its favor, however. The management is strong from top to bottom, with owner Les Alexander, GM Daryl Morey and head coach Rick Adelman ranking among the best in their respective positions. Shrewd moves by this core -- such as nabbing Scola and Kevin Martin for a pittance -- have helped keep the Rockets afloat amidst all the injuries." 11.IND 540 12. NJN 535 13. POR 523 14. BOS 520 15. LAC 523 16. ATL 491 17. DEN 490 18. MIL 466 19. WAS 457 20. SAC 456 Players 165 (22nd) Management 34 (27th) Money 168 (2nd) Market 21 (28th) Draft 69 (8th) The Kings have several factors in their favor. They have two great talents in Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins, so although the rest of the roster isn't that good, they're still near the middle of the pack in the players category. They will have oodles of cap space this summer, and although cash is tight for the organization right now and probably will be until it gets a new arena, the Kings still should have the wherewithal to be players in free agency. And they should have high draft picks for the next couple of years. That last item, of course, is a mixed blessing, because you don't get high picks without an awful record. Sacramento is one of the league's doormats at 5-16, and that's inexcusable given the talent available. Unfortunately, the Kings aren't nearly as well-run as some of their peers, and the cracks in the facade have only grown wider as their throw-stuff-against-the-wall-and-see-what-sticks strategy produces two steps back for every one forward. Whether it's trying 6-foot-11 Jason Thompson at small forward, coddling Evans at every turn or shuttling players in and out of the rotation in a manner that borders on arbitrary, this organization hasn't come anywhere close to maximizing its players' abilities. Those factors, along with an unfavorable locale, make Sacramento the third-least desirable market in our survey … thereby reducing much of the benefit of all that cap space. (Previous rank: 12) 8/1/2010 21. GRIZ 442 22. GS 439 23. NO 426 24. PHI 414 25. DET 408 26. PHX 406 27. MIN 401 28. TOR 394 29. CLE 295 30. CHAR 195 FUCK ESPN!!
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