Being part of an NBA franchise, especially their front office, is no easy task whatsoever, as owners tend to try to impact decisions, projects don’t get the trust and time they deserve or employees just keep striking out on their day to day tasks.
And over the course of the years, some franchises have absolutely become the league’s laughingstock due to their lack of luck, poor direction and hesitation to pull the trigger when it has to be pulled, struggling to succeed in the most competitive sport in the world.
Today, we’ll let you know about the 4 franchises that have absolutely no idea where they’re heading, that have absolutely no chance to be contenders in the foreseeable future, and that absolutely don’t even have enough assets to just break it all down and start from scratch.
4. Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic has always been a losing franchise, although the presence of dominant players like Hardaway, Shaq, McGrady or Dwight Howard have been just enough to keep their fan base at ease.
Nonetheless, it’s been 5 years since they last made the playoffs in the mediocre Eastern Conference, and they’ve mightily struggled in the draft to land their future superstar, as Elfrid Payton, Mario Hezonja and Aaron Gordon have all been major flops, while Frank Vogel was a huge disappointment this prior season.
3. Charlotte Hornets
If you told me that the guy that owns this team is also the most competitive player this game has ever seen, I wouldn’t believe you, considering the fact the Hornets’ front office has done absolutely nothing to actually make this team a contending side and they’ve missed to get past the 1st round of playoffs each and every one of the past 13 seasons.
They just don’t have enough good talent around Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum, and they should either trade both (especially Kemba) or just merely tank, as those mid-lottery picks they’re getting aren’t getting the job done.
2. Detroit Pistons
What this team’s front office’s done to one of the most dominant franchises in the history of the Eastern Conference is just unbelievable, getting stucked in a mediocrity spiral over the last 9 years and failing to get past the 2nd round of the playoffs during that span.
Of course, they did land a huge gem in Andre Drummond, but he can’t single handed take the Pistons to contention and they’re stuck in the middle of nowhere right now, with Reggie Jackson struggling to prove his value after inking a very lucrative deal.
1. New York Knicks
It’s been a very long while since the Knicks were relevant, at least for something other than just drama and low-key soap operas, and Phil Jackson just brought even more trouble with himself, making a mess of the franchise and making their best player want to leave the team.
After they trade Carmelo Anthony, they can focus on the future.
So, the Knicks should just call it a day and let both Ntiklina and Porzingis develop while they continue to tank and land a 3rd All-Star prospect, as they’re nowhere near contention at this point.