How 5 Promising NBA Teams Blew Their Chance in 2013-2014

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How 5 Promising NBA Teams Blew Their Chance in 2013-2014
Ann Heisenfelt

At the start of each NBA season, we have a pretty good idea which squads will be poised for contention or—at the very least—postseason relevance.

The fun part comes with trying to predict who’s ripe for the next-level leap, from doldrums to divisional powerhouse, also-rans to all-star-laden teams of tomorrow.

By the time spring rolls around and the playoff picture crystallizes, however, we’re almost always left with a good grip of genuine head-scratchers—the franchises of which so much was expected, and from which so little was delivered.

Today, we’ll look at the five biggest disappointments of the 2013-14 NBA season—promising teams that fell flat on their faces—taking into account preseason expectations and how such palpable promise gave way to truly putrid regular-season performances.

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