The NBA regular season is just entering its third week, but we’ve still seen a lot of things that haven’t looked quite good so far, with surprising wins from teams that were supposed to be bad like the Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons, while other so-called contenders have failed to live up to the expectations.
With just 9-10 games played so far, it’s still pretty early to make predictions and those teams that got off to a good start can still finish at the bottom of their conferences, while the ones that have been a disappointment can still turn their season around.
Of course, let’s also remember the fact that this preseason was a couple of weeks shorter than it usually is, so it’s quite normal to see good things still kind of rusty from the long inactivity period between campaigns.
If you’re a fan of the 5 NBA teams we’re going to name right now, you should be extremely disappointed. But hey, it’s still pretty early in the season, so get your head up and hope for the best in this upcoming months.
5. New Orleans Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans have one of the best frontcourts in the history of the game with their dynamic duo of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, but they can’t single-handedly lead a team with one of the worst supporting casts in the league right now to the postseason in the fierce Western Conference.
Rajon Rondo is yet to make his Pelicans debut, while Holiday isn’t looking nearly half as good as they expected him to be, and that 5-5 start of the season isn’t really encouraging for a team trying to keep Boogie Cousins past this season, with the big man likely to leave the team at the end of the season.
4. Denver Nuggets
The Denver Nuggets were one of the most hyped teams entering this season after Paul Millsap’s arrival, as the veteran power forward was looked as the piece they just needed to go back to the playoffs with their young core featuring Gary Harris, Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray.
Still, and despite Emmanuel Mudiay’s impressive play off the bench, the Nuggets have lost games they were supposed to win with great ease due to very slow starts, but it’s just a matter of time before they turn things around and improve that .500 record they’ve got so far.
3. Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder was supposed to completely crash all of their competition after Carmelo Anthony and Paul George decided to join forces with Russell Westbrook, but they’re still figuring out how to play way and win together, and that’s costed them a couple of matchups they could’ve and should’ve won.
Besides, the team is extremely short right now with much of the depth sent to the Knicks and the Pacers to land the couple of All-Stars. Still, they’ve looked pretty much unbeatable when they’ve clicked at the same time on the court, but they desperately need more help from the substitutes.
2. San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs got off to an impressive start of the season with LaMarcus Aldridge leading the way and Rudy Gay really providing a needed spark off the bench, but it was just a matter of time before things eventually fell down due to the absences of Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard.
San Antonio is in a major slump right now, but at least they’re bound to get their two stars back in the court pretty soon, so let’s hope they can stay healthy to take the team back to their usual dominant self.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cleveland Cavaliers have been a complete disaster so far this season, barely losing to a Hayward-less Boston Celtics during their debut and currently they have only 4-5, with 4 of those losses being blowouts against noncontending teams from the weak Eastern Conference.
Reportedly, Tyronn Lue’s coaching job is in jeopardy after that dismal and disastrous showing from his pupils, and they better turn things around before Isaiah Thomas is ready to come back, as they don’t look anything like the team that has reached the last 3 NBA Finals in a row.