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15. Sacramento Kings
All is not well in Sacramento. If the Kings aren't battling suspensions, they're performing at a wildly inconsistent pace. With talent like DeMarcus Cousins, Tyreke Evans and even Isaiah Thomas on this squad, you want to expect more. But until the Kings bring in a proven veteran leader, what we see is what we're going to get.
14. Phoenix Suns
Phoenix has played some nice games, but it's also played some bad ones. The Suns have also proven they lack that go-to scorer down the stretch, like against the Chicago Bulls. For them to make the jump to not only playoff contention but general competency, a star amongst the mediocre is going to have to emerge.
13. Portland Trail Blazers
When you watch Portland, you can tell it is going to be capable of so much more than it currently is down the road. However, deficiencies like a shallow bench will continue to plague the Blazers moving forward, relegating them to another lottery finish. At least they have Damian Lillard to watch, though, right?
12. Golden State Warriors
How about those Warriors? They were supposed to contend for a playoff spot and have managed to play .500-caliber basketball thus far, but we're left wondering how much longer that's going to last. Stephen Curry and David Lee have been sensational, but Golden State lacks the offensive consistency and defensive intensity to contend with the cream of the conference. Andrew Bogut's injury isn't helping things either.
11. Houston Rockets
James Harden and Jeremy Lin, and even Omer Asik, have made us believe in the Rockets. Believe that they have a bright future, that is. Currently, Houston is too inexperienced and too inconsistent on both ends of the floor to contend for playoff spot. Though it may toil with the prospect of playing .500 basketball for a while, the Rockets' lack of proven depth, along with excessive use of Harden and Lin, will bring them crashing down.