The NBA's Most Difficult-to-Watch Teams This Season
The NBA has become one of the world's most popular leagues thanks to plenty of exciting players and teams who entertain thousands of fans on a nightly basis.
On the flip side, however, the NBA also has some teams that are a littler harder on the eyes, due to things like constant losing streaks or just plain boring basketball. Even teams with decent records aren't always necessarily putting the most exciting product on the court, showing that you don't even have to be bad to be unwatchable.
Let's take a look around the league to see which teams have had NBA fans grimacing and break down who is the hardest team to watch.
5. Minnesota Timberwolves
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It's hard to fault Minnesota for being a little tough to watch this year, what with all of the injuries that they've had to deal with to key players, but nonetheless, it hasn't been very smooth sailing for the Timberwolves.
Without the excitement of Ricky Rubio running the offense and with Kevin Love dealing with a fractured hand for the majority of the season thus far, there hasn't been a lot of spectacular scoring (20th in the NBA in points per contest), and the team is struggling to stay in the playoff picture.
On top of that, the comeback efforts for Brandon Roy have been met with a lot of adversity, as he has only played in five games so far this season.
The T'Wolves could potentially be one of the most entertaining teams when at full strength, but with their laundry list of injuries to their most potent players, it's been tough to see them struggle to fill those voids.
4. Chicago Bulls
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This year's Chicago Bulls team has been surprisingly pretty solid without their superstar Derrick Rose, but without his presence, even their winning record can't cover up the general boring-ness of this team.
Defensive-minded teams like the Bulls have proven to be successful season-wise, but in terms of entertainment value, they rank on the lower side. Sure, there are good energy players like Joakim Noah, but the rest of the offensive force for Chicago sans Rose is nothing to write home about.
I do have to give it Chicago fans, though, since they still lead the NBA in attendance, even if they don't have the most exciting team taking the court. Perhaps once Rose returns, this team could find it's way off this list, but until then, Bulls games will continue to be on the boring side, even if they are victorious.
3. Charlotte Bobcats
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I'm sure we were all a little surprised earlier this season when the Charlotte Bobcats raced off to a 7-5 start, but in classic Bobcats fashion, the team followed that up with a nifty 18-game losing streak, dropping their reputation back to where they left it at the end of their 7-win campaign last season.
While there have been some improvements within the team, like Kemba Walker's emergence as a legitimate starting point guard, this team seemingly has not made much progress otherwise, even with the addition of rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
Just when Charlotte fans thought they may have some hope at the start of the season, their hearts were broken once more, and the rest of the NBA's fans can surely agree that this team is anything but fun to watch.
Seeing loss after loss in a difficult stage of the rebuilding process can really wear on a team's confidence, leading to some uninspired play and a whole lot of demoralized fans in attendance.
2. Washington Wizards
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Speaking of teams playing without their star point guard, the Washington Wizards have been downright atrocious this season without the help of John Wall.
Currently sitting at a league-worst 6-28 record (as of January 12), the Wizards have been struggling in just about every way imaginable. Washington ranks dead last in points per game at a dismal 89.2 and have only won one road game all season.
Rookie Bradley Beal, who was picked third overall this past summer, has also been a bit of a disappointment, with an awful PER of 12.21 on his 36 percent shooting. Seeing the slow development of someone who was supposed to be one of the cornerstones for the franchise has been unsettling to say the least.
On paper, this roster seems like at least a decent mix of veteran and youthful talent, but the team has been lost without their go-to guy, and it's hard to watch a team that loses this consistently throughout a season.
With Wall making his return, maybe things will get a little better, but this season has long been lost for the Wizards, and the fans in Washington surely haven't enjoyed seeing it take place in exchange for their hard-earned money.
1. Los Angeles Lakers
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Who would have expected the Lakers to be where they are at this point in the season? Especially after all the hype following the acquisitions of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash.
Unfortunately, the lofty expectations that L.A. fans had for their Lakers have fallen way short, as the team is currently sitting at 15-21 (as of January 12) and the chance of a postseason berth is fading rapidly.
A team with so much high-level talent in Howard, Nash, Pau Gasol, and Kobe Bryant could certainly be really great to watch on the court, but I'm sure Lakers fans can attest to pitching in their fair share of face palms and groans while watching this team struggle as much as they have.
Throughout the season thus far, many people have been wondering when the Lakers will turn the corner and look like the dominant team they were supposed to be. However, even after an early coaching change, that turn has yet to happen and the frustration setting in may change the question from "when will they come around?" to "will they ever come around?"
The Lakers are one of the teams that people love to hate, so seeing these losses pile up has brought joy to a lot of NBA fans, but for those rooting for the Purple and Gold, it's been an awful experience to withstand thus far, and whether it ever gets better this season is still very much in question.