Before every NBA season, each team is linked with reasonable expectations. Are they assumed to make the playoffs, compete for a championship or fall into the lottery?
Nobody can see into the future, but smart projections can always be based on a multitude of factors, including past performance and alterations to personnel made in the offseason.
The 2012-13 Los Angeles Lakers are the quintessential example of a team believed to compete for a title but instead has fallen far short of expectations. They aren't alone.
Here are seven teams that have disappointed this season, ranked by the ceiling of success most believed they'd see.