The NBA features the best basketball teams in the entire globe, and regardless of the roster, even the worst team in the Association will definitely thrive if they had to play the best teams across the globe, as even lesser USA squads find easy success in FIBA tournaments.
Nonetheless, if you’re bound to compete in the best basketball competition on the planet, you have to build a tough and deep roster, considering you’ll have to face the best basketball players in the world and nobody’s going to have an easy ride.
Over the course of years, teams enter rebuilding process after years of mediocrity and inability to compete, letting their best players walk in exchange of young assets and prospects to build up for the future.
Sadly, some of those teams never manage to land a gem and just continue sucking season after season, and this campaign it seems like we’re going to watch some pretty lousy basketball from some of the franchises of the Association. Today, we’ll let you know about the top 5 worst teams of this upcoming season.
Honorable Mention: New York Knicks
5. Atlanta Hawks
The Atlanta Hawks have been caught on a mediocrity spiral for ages now, barely making the playoffs just to get knocked out after the first round, and lacking the kind of personnel to actually make any kind of noise during the postseason.
Now, the team has parted ways with all of their former stars, with Jeff Teague, Paul Millsap and Al Horford all dressed in other jerseys. With just Dennis Schroder left on the team, they’re going to have a horrible season, especially considering how poorly they’ve fared outside of their home court.
4. Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic has been a huge mess for years now, never being able to overcome Dwight Howard’s departure and striking out on nice prospects in the Draft on a yearly basis, like Mario Hezonja, Elfrid Payton and even Aaron Gordon.
Orlando wasn’t able to make the most of their latest offseason acquisitions like Bismack Biyombo and Serge Ibaka, losing the latter after Frank Vogel struggled to even land a steady starting 5.
Now, they’re just looking forward to let their star rookie Jonathan Isaac develop while other youngsters trying to prove they’re not busts.
3. Chicago Bulls
The Chicago Bulls have just kickstarted their rebuilding process after letting Jimmy Butler go to the Minnesota Timberwolves, trusting their future in youngsters like Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, Bobby Portis and the sensational rookie Lauri Markkanen, the team’s cornerstone for the future.
Gar/Pax have mightily struggled to make the Chicago Bulls Championship contenders once again, but it seems like finally all those years of non-contending are about to pay off, as they’re one of the frontrunners to land the 1st overall pick this upcoming season, lacking the kind of experience and depth to actually compete this year.
2. Sacramento Kings
The Sacramento Kings have actually managed to turn some things around since a couple of months ago, sending DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans to land standout sharpshooting prospect Buddy Hield, pairing him with rookie De’Aaron Fox in the backcourt as a very promising project.
Besides, they’ve landed a couple of veterans to mentor a young Skal Labissiere that could become a very good player, but truth to be told, they don’t have anything to play for this season and will just let the young bloods make mistakes and prepare for the next campaign or so.
1. Brooklyn Nets
And last but not least, we get the worst franchise in the Association right now, a team that always finds a way to shoot themselves in the foot, and that wasn’t even able to hold onto their 1st overall pick this prior Draft night due to the terrible moves the team’s front office has made since presenting their new ownership.
The Nets have acquired some interesting players in D’Angelo Russell, DeMarre Carroll, Timofey Mozgov and Allen Crabbe, but even though they may have a better record than the past season, they just don’t have what it takes to be taken seriously this season.