Some NBA franchises aren’t doing so well. Some are off to rough starts and might not be living up to their preseason expectations. These rankings aren’t for those teams. These are the teams who are the most hopeless, most inept and least likely teams to pull themselves together and find meaningful success in the NBA. Ladies and gentleman: the NBA’s dumpster fires.
- Brooklyn Nets
Not only are the Nets one of the worst teams in the NBA, they’re not even being rewarded for it. The Celtics own the Nets’ draft picks for the next three years, (the Celtics have the Nets’ 2016 and 2018 first-round picks and the right to swap picks in 2017). What do the Nets have to show from that trade? They managed to trade Kevin Garnett for Thaddeus Young and they didn’t have to use the stretch provision on Gerald Wallace this season. That’s worth two unprotected picks and an unprotected pick swap, right?
- Sacramento Kings
I don’t know how the Kings have screwed things up so badly. They have one of the best centers in the leaguel and yet everything about them screams dysfunction. The team has been through four head coaches since 2012 and made Vlade Divac the GM despite Divac having no real experience in roster management. They also signed Rajon Rondo, a well-known “difficult player,” after what might have been the worst contract year in recent memory. This team is a mess, and even though they have one of the league’s most talented players, the environment they’ve put around him is one of chaos and inconsistency. DeMarcus Cousins should, and likely will, leave this tar pit as soon as possible. Although, they’ve won three straight games so I’m sure everything is better now!
- Los Angeles Lakers
I love to break it to Lakers fans: just being the Lakers won’t save you this time around like it did in the past with Shaq and Kareem. Sure, the Lakers could sign a superstar free agent sometime soon, but why would those players want to sign with them? Living in L.A. is nice, but so is playing for a good team. The Lakers might have some good young players for all we know, but it’s hard to tell when Kobe’s taking all of the shots and Byron Scott is ignoring how offense is played in the NBA. When free agency hits, the Lakers will try to lure the big names, but I expect them to look around the league and find plenty of more appealing destinations than Los Angeles.
- Phoenix Suns
- Charlotte Hornets
I actually do hate to break it to Hornets and Suns fans, but your teams aren’t anywhere close to being serious contenders. Both of these teams are as entrenched in NBA purgatory as any others. The Hornets almost seem to want to be in the middle, making moves geared towards improving in the short term, and the Suns have traditionally been a middle-of-the-road team and have done little to change that fate. What’s worse on the Suns’ side of the ledger is them being in the West, all of the Morris twin drama and the fact that Goran Dragic couldn’t seem to get out of Phoenix fast enough. Isaiah Thomas didn’t have the best exit, either.
Are all of these teams better than the Philadelphia 76ers? Sure, but Philadelphia is trying to be bad. At least they have a plan that they’re sticking with. Whether that plan will work or is even a good idea remains to be seen, but they’re following the plan nonetheless. These teams don’t seem to have a plan, and it’s hard to see how their current courses will lead them to being serious contenders in the NBA.