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Whether a team is ready to contend or not, there are some squads that have a ridiculously bright future thanks to the big men that patrol the rim. There should be nothing but excitement when it comes to the future for these franchises as these forwards and centers are primed to dominate the league for years to come.
Here are the five best young front court duos in the NBA.
5. Orlando Magic: Mo Bamba and Jonathan Isaac
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Aaron Gordon is the best player on the Magic, but he's not the only thing fans should be excited about in Orlando. Jonathan Isaac has yet to reach his ceiling, but he came in as a raw project in the first place. He still has the chance to be one of the most versatile lock down defenders in the league. Then there's Bamba who's also raw still, but someone who's projected do it all from the center position. They won't be good for a few seasons, but these two have a chance to make Orlando a perennial playoff team.
4. Sacramento Kings: Marvin Bagley III and Harry Giles
Are both of these players unproven? Yes. Is their potential through the roof? Also yes. Both of them are alike in many ways, as they were each the top prospect coming out of high school, taking their careers to Duke.
Bagley was much more dominant in college than Giles, as the latter struggled with injuries during college. That doesn't mean he's not talented, he has a chance to be a nightmare for defenders. Bagley will have to add versatility to his offensive game as he'll be playing against much stronger defenders, but he also has a chance to be one of the better scoring forwards in basketball if he can continue on his trajectory coming out of college.
3. Phoenix Suns: Dragan Bender and DeAndre Ayton
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Dragan Bender is another high draft pick who may not have reached that high ceiling just yet. While he did show bursts of impressive play, he averaged just 6.5 points and 4.4 boards in his second season. The pressure will be off his shoulders thanks to the top pick in this year's draft. DeAndre Ayton could be the next Patrick Ewing as he is just impossible to cover next to the hoop. Unlike other players his age, he's already strong enough to bang in the paint with the veterans of the league. If all goes well, Suns fans can just sit back and watch Ayton carry this team throughout the years.
2. Indiana Pacers: Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis
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It's nice to sit back and talk about what could eventually happen with teams, but we already know what the Pacers have in Turner and Sabonis. In his second season in the league, Sabonis thrived on his new team with 11.6 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Next to him, Turner, has turned into a perfect fit in today's NBA. Not only is he a rim protector who owns the paint, but he can step out behind the arc and stretch the floor. Each of these players have proven something but also have so much more potential development in front of them as they head into another season where they expect to be a contender in the Eastern Conference.
1. Chicago Bulls: Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr.
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This is the perfect pairing in the front court could be a staple of the Bulls success for years to come. Carter is going to be a bully towards those foolish enough trying to score close to the basket and Markkanen is dynamic on offense. They both thrive on separate ends of the court and have room to grow alongside the other. There's no reason to think that this team can't find themselves towards the top of the East in a few years thanks to these two.
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