Anticipation is rarely converted to winning the championship. The majority of NBA GMs spent many a sleepless night this offseason working to shape their team into one of the 16 playoff teams, with the end result being that not every GM’s hard work will actually end up paying off.
(MJ, we’re looking at you.)
Charlotte Bobcats aside, more than 16 teams are actually capable of being a playoff team. Teams such as the Los Angeles Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves have gone from being a joke to a threat in the past few years, to the point that it’s not unreasonable to expect that they could both make deep playoff runs this season.
Teams like the Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs have consistently held their status as championship contenders over the last decade, and the emergence of powerhouses such as the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers make it all too easy to predict the 2013 NBA champions.
Back to the point at hand, though, we still have teams that are destined to disappoint. Whatever the reason is, not everybody can be winners.
Based on the first week of the NBA regular season, I will now go through the list of anticipated playoff contenders that are heading toward falling flat on their faces before the All-Star break—or at the very least, talented teams that are underachieving.