The National Basketball Association’s 2016-2017 season has just begun but we are already beginning to see which teams are good and which teams are just downright horrible. Fans are seeing the Los Angeles Clippers, Warriors and the Spurs blossoming. The Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, New Orleans Pelicans, and the Dallas Mavericks are collapsing, which the fans are clearly aware of.
Less than half of NBA teams have a winning record. Numerous teams have been plagued with injuries early in the season. Others are developing chemistry with their new additions. Some teams have fallen and have no possible way of ending up with a winning season.
1. Washington Wizards
It’s been seven years since the Washington Wizards selected John Wall as their No. 1 overall pick and have nothing to show for it. The Wizards have only appeared in the playoffs with Wall twice and ended last season 41-41, forcing Randy Wittman out as coach. The Wizards boasted having the greatest best center in the NBA with Marcin Gortat. The Wizards are currently 4-9, with no hope in sight. The Washington Wizards do not have enough talent to make them a top tier team.
2. Sacramento Kings
The Sacramento Kings have failed to make the playoffs in 10 years. Since the last time they made the playoffs in 2006, the Kings have had nine head coaches. The Kings roster keeps changing every year but fails to hook a star player. The Kings are one better than the Wizards and stand 5-9 this season. The Kings need to try building from the ground up. The King’s recent signings including Willie Cauley-Stein, Georgios Papagiannis have become busts.
3. Oklahoma City Thunder
While the OKC Thunder have a winning record, they lack a leader in the locker room. Russell Westbrook is putting up good numbers and has become one of the best players in the NBA. OKC Thunder currently sit 6th in the Western Conference and have won four of their last ten games. The Thunder have talented shooters and rebounders but can’t seem to win games when they matter the most. Tank now and then find a player who can put points on the board in bunches.
4. Miami Heat
The Miami Heat have lost their top tier players, Dwayne Wade joined the Chicago Bulls during the offseason, Chris Bosh’s Heat career is coming to a close. Miami’s “Big Three” legacy is over. The stars have come and gone, the only option that remains is for the Heat to tank now and rebuild if they want to get back to their winning ways.
5. Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers currently stand at 7-7 with the same team that finished with a losing record last season. The Lakers had to say good bye to Kobe Bryant and are working to improve current players D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle. The Lakers need to stockpile talent to win the long-game. With another star talent added, the Lakers can begin to fight for a higher playoff seed.