The five most disappointing teams in the NBA came into the regular season with playoff or even championship ambitions, but they disappointed us with their standings so far.
These clubs have superstars, these clubs have great NBA cities and the one of the best fan bases, but they are below the expectations.
Underperforming teams are always at the center of attention, so let's see who is there.
5. The New Orleans Pelicans: The Injury-Prone
After they won 45 games last season, they have only 26 wins so far and they are the No. 5 on our list about the 5 most disappointing teams in the NBA 2016.
With one of the best players in the league, Anthony Davis, and with Alvin Gentry, we expected more wins and we expected a better offense this season than last year.
Davis ends 2015-16 season with averages of 24.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.3 steals, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 turnovers through 61 games, and now as a guy with an "injury prone" label.
The Pelicans could be more active on the trade deadline, because they don't have good additions, who can help Anthony Davis. The 2nd best scorer is Ryan Anderson, and he is not a good defender. If we look at Tyreke Evans, Jrue Holiday and Eric Gordon, with A. Davis we get "The NBA Injury-Prone Team".
4. Sacramento Kings: 2nd Longest Playoff Drought
At the beginning of the NBA 2015-16 season, the Kings hoped to be in an altercation for a playoff spot midway through their 82-game schedule.
DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay and Rajon Rondo are great players and we all expect that they should have a spot for the NBA Playoff 2016.
They have only 26 wins (Denver have 31 W), and what else they can try to finally play in the playoff? I know that maybe is not the favorite fans option, but what could happen if they trade DeMarcus Cousins and start from the zero?
Rajon Rondo is a free agent this summer, and what if he decide to sign with the other team? Yes, he has built up a chemistry with DeMarcus Cousins, but that is just an option.
3. Washington Wizards: Where is the Magic?
After they lost NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals (2-4) versus Atlanta Hawks (Series Stats), I thought that they are capable of becoming team who can play against the Cavs on the Eastern Conference, this year.
But, I was wrong. The Eastern Conference is not so strong and the Wizards could play against the Hornets, Celtics or Hawks, but they have only 35 wins so far and they are out of the playoff.
John Wall is one of the best point guards in the NBA, but after they lost Paul Pierce, maybe they lost a vocal in the locker room and the experienced player who can help young players on/off the court.
Bradley Beal is the injury-prone player, and the Wizards tried with Markieff Morris on the PF position, but they didn't succeed.
In the last year, they played a good defense (97.8 pts allowed), and this year they allowing 104.6 pts per game.
We'll see their reaction in the summer, but John Wall needs help from a front office.
2. Houston Rockets - The Contender?
The Rockets are only 1 win better than Dallas Mavericks and they have the same record like Utah Jazz. Can you believe in that?
After they have played against Golden State Warriors and lost in the Western Conference Finals, they should have fought against the best teams this season, but at this moment they will be very happy if they reach the playoffs.
They have a good roster with James Harden and Dwight Howard, but the funny fact is that Michael Beasley is their 2nd best scorer this season with 14.5 pts per game.
Houston Rockets are still a dangerous team, and the season record will worth nothing if they can win against the Spurs or Warriors or Thunder in the first round.
So far, they disappointed us, but we'll see their performance in the last 9 games.
Who is a problem? James Harden? Dwight Howard? We'll have the answer very soon.
1. Chicago Bulls - Where is the Defense?
Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah. They should play against LeBron James and Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Final this year and many of us expect that matchup.
But, the real situation is different. After Tom Thibodeau, Fred Hoiberg is below the expectation this season with the one of the best starting lineup in the league.
Last season 14/15, they allowed 97.1 pts, but this season they are not so good in the defense. because they allow 103.2 pts per game.
In the last 6 seasons, they didn't allow more than 100 pts per game. Last time, it was season 08/09, when they allowed 102.5 pts per game.
If we are looking, when they allowed more than 103.2 pts per game, the fact is that this defense is the worst defense of the Chicago Bulls in the last 26 years. Last time they received more than 103.2 pts per game, in the season 89/90, when they allowed 106.2 pts per game.
What about that fact, Fred Hoiberg? And you have Jimmy Butler, who is in the top 10 defensive players in the NBA.
They lost against Magic 111-89 two days ago.
Chicago Bulls are the most disappointing team in the NBA 2016.