The 2012-13 NBA season has been full of surprises, particularly in terms of certain good teams suddenly playing below expectations. We have definitely seen this from the Los Angeles Lakers, who have struggled despite a prolific offseason, and from the Brooklyn Nets, who had a lot of hype coming into the season.
It's easy to trash these struggling teams, but one thing is even harder: Giving up on them. As disappointing as this small handful of squads has been, fans are still hoping for a midseason turnaround and a magical run to the playoffs. The teams are so good on paper and to see them not contend for a title would be a waste of talent, not to mention it would be utterly disappointing.
Sure enough, a good number of teams in the league right now fall into this category. While their futures may not look bright, it's still too early to hand them a death sentence now. Regardless of what critics may say, these teams can still contend for a title, no matter how ugly they look doing it.