The 2013-14 regular season is a thing of history, and a number of teams would like to leave it at that. Whether they underperformed or stunk it up according to expectations, a handful of teams need a serious jolt from the coming offseason.
Note that these aren't necessarily the worst teams by record. They're the teams that are most desperate.
Some of the league's very worst teams are right where they want to be, early into rebuilding processes and making progress. The Orlando Magic's record might not look like much, but the organization has already acquired a number of talented young players. Now it's time to wait and watch them grow.
Like the Magic, the Utah Jazz are just young—but awfully talented. The pieces are there, and so is the patience. No one is clamoring for a major change in direction.
The Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans are in large part victims of playing in a very difficult Western Conference. The Pelicans suffered from a number of debilitating injuries, and the Kings are only beginning to turn their culture around and into a more defensively focused machine.
Not every team at the bottom of the standings can fall back on excuses, though. Some are behind where they should be in their respective rebuilds. Others don't seem to know where to start.