Aren't the late blooming flowers the most beautiful flowers of them all? Well, in a way don't they kind of resemble Team 7? Naruto: When we were first introduced to Naruto, he lacked many skills yet his dreams was to become a Hokage. Heck, even I doubted that he'd receive his dreams. But slowly through his "training" and experinces with Sakura and Sasuke, he slowly became more powerful little by little. Like most main characters, his luck and extreme motivation had gave him the ability to defeat many foes (Neji, Kiba, etc.) Now, if Naruto was to fully master the Kyuubi, do you think he'd be a force to recoken with? Sakura: Yes, Sakura. When she was introduced, EVERYONE thought she was worthless. She had no strength, no Jutsu (besides Genjutsu) and no Taijutsu skills. Most of the battles were fougth by Naruto and Sasuke while she stood on the sidelines. The only time hse shinned a bit was during the brief battle with Team Sound and the battle against her nad Ino. Sasuke: Now, I know some of you are saying that Sasuke isn't going to be a late bloomer. But didn't Orochimaru (or someone, I forgot who) tell him that his potential was greater than Itachi. However, at his age Itachi was already ANBU Captain. Still, through the years he slowly and little by little closes the gap between he and Itahci, though we have yet to see how far he has gotten through the timeskip. What I'm trying to say is, even though during the pretime-skip, they have the potential to be the next Sannin. And before some of you flame me saying that Sasuke is a late bloomer, think about it. It was said that his potential was greater than Itachi yet he's still a Genin. I think during the years he's going to slowly little by little close the huge gap between he and his brother. Team 7, even though they haven't showed the terrific skills like the other Rookie Teams have the potential to become the next Sannin.