The NBA playoffs are almost here, and the time is ripe for players to sign their next contracts.
Here’s a look at what’s on the horizon for each of the 32 teams heading into the upcoming season.
Houston Rockets | James Harden, PG | Texas A&M James Harden will join the Houston Rockets, and he’s the only player on this list to make it to the Finals.
Harden has had a great season and a chance to become a franchise cornerstone, but he’s not in position to make a run to the Western Conference Finals.
Indiana Pacers | Thaddeus Young, PG/SG | Duke Thaddeys Young will become an unrestricted free agent after the season, but Indiana is a strong contender for the No. 1 pick.
He has been one of the best players in the country this season, averaging 23.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.
Portland Trail Blazers | Tyus Jones, SF | Wisconsin Tyus has been the best player in the Big Ten for most of the season and has averaged 15.0 points, 4.3 assists and 2-1 rebounds in his last three games.
He’s also the only Pac-12 player with at least 15 points per game this season.
New York Knicks | Brandon Ingram, PF | Duke The New York Jets have lost two games in a row, and Brandon Ingram has been their best player.
He scored a career-high 24 points in a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, but the Knicks are still a strong playoff contender.
Minnesota Timberwolves | DeAndre Jordan, PG — Washington The Minnesota Timberwolves are on a roll, averaging 110.4 scoring points and shooting 50.7 percent from the field in the last five games.
The biggest question mark is the defense, but Minnesota has been solid defensively against teams with a lot of offensive talent.
Toronto Raptors | DeMar DeRozan, PG– Toronto The Raptors are still very young, but DeMar is the clear favorite to win the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Year Award.
He is averaging 20.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per contest in the four games since returning from his right foot injury.
Sacramento Kings | Devin Booker, SG — Kentucky Devin Booker is averaging 19.8 points and 9.0 boards per contest since returning to the team, and it’s possible he could be the second-leading scorer for the Kings this season after DeMarcus Cousins.
Los Angeles Clippers | Jamal Murray, SF — Kentucky Jamal Murray has been sensational this season and is a lock for Rookie of The Year consideration.
He averaged 18.3 points and 6.9 assists per outing this season for Kentucky.
Orlando Magic | Jahlil Okafor, PF — Kentucky The Orlando Magic have been one-dimensional all season, and Jahlill Oka for sure is going to be the focal point of the offense.
The 6-9 forward is averaging 15.3 ppg and 6-4 rpg.
Milwaukee Bucks | DeMarcus Lee, SF/PF — Texas A & M After missing the first 11 games of the year with a foot injury, DeMarcus is on track to return for the start of the postseason.
He will need to add to his game and be more consistent to become an impact player in this league.
Brooklyn Nets | Kyle Anderson, PG — Oklahoma The Brooklyn Nets are a top-10 team, but they’re not quite there yet.
They have to make some significant changes on the defensive end to be successful.
Indiana Timberwolves | Tyler Ulis, SG — UCLA Tyler Uli has been playing well, averaging 15 points and 11 rebounds per game over the last two games.
Chicago Bulls | De’Aaron Fox, PF — Michigan The Bulls are one of two teams still in the hunt for the Eastern Division title, but there’s little reason to be optimistic.
The top-seeded Bulls are shooting just 34.2 percent from 3-point range, and that’s with Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose still on the court.
Minnesota Trail Blazers| Deandre Ayton, SF — Michigan State The Minnesota Trail Blazers are trying to make up ground after finishing with the third-worst record in the Western Division.
The defense needs to improve, but a win over Michigan State could be crucial.
Phoenix Suns | Trey Lyles, PF– Virginia Tech The Suns are trying a different approach to the NBA playoffs, and Trey Ly