This time of year, all everyone can talk about is the contenders in the NBA.
But for those that aren’t fortunate enough to be fans of a legit playoff player, watching losing basketball can be disappointing at the least.
For others, their local team can be downright depressing to tune into, let alone actually frequent the arena.
The following is a compilation of the NBA’s 10 most depressing teams of the current season. Some of these franchises are rebuilding with up-and-coming stars, but most are perennial celler-dwellars with no sign of improving any time soon.
The Warriors barely made this list because first of all, they can score with the best of them. Golden State may be bad in the standings, but they are almost always interesting and entertaining to watch from a fan’s perspective.
Plus, Golden State has Stephen Curry, who would be the rookie of the year if it weren’t for the Kings’ great Tyreke Evans. Besides Curry, Monta Ellis is one of the league’s most gifted scorers. Whether it be off the dribble or a sweet jumper, Ellis scores with the best of them and hardly ever comes off the court.
Still, the Warriors can’t make all that scoring equal wins and they seem lost in the mediocrity of the middle of the NBA pack.
The Kings are a bad team and don’t look to be improving in the near future.
Sure, they have Tyreke Evans, the hands-down Rookie of the Year, but that’s all for real talent.
Sac town traded away Kevin Martin, who did develop into a star player over the last few years, and they only got Carl Landry in return.
Will the Kings ever compete like they did the last time a decade changed over? As of now, it looks bleak for this middle of the pack team in the highly competitive West.
The 76ers can’t win games with superstars or without.
Andre Iguodola is a man-beast. He’s huge, and can still run faster than a speeding bullet and jump small humans in a single bound.
They can’t win.
Elton Brand came to town to add to the strength in their front court which hasn’t helped.
They still can’t win.
Even when fallen star Allen Iverson returned this season, they couldn’t retain him, although it wasn’t their fault. (Iverson’s daughter is having medical problems sadly.)
So what can the Sixers do?
Oh, that’s not a leadup question, I’m posing that to anyone out there.
Sorry Philly fans, still waiting for the answer…
Indiana hasn’t been relevant in the NBA since the late 90s when Reggie Miller was there knocking down threes from almost anywhere on the court.
They do have Danny Granger, who is a certified star in this league now. Granger averages 23 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, it’s just too bad he’s the only one that wants to play in Indiana.
Although, the good news is there will always be the Hoosiers, and they will likely always hold the attention of the basketball fans in Indiana anyway.
The Knicks have been the laughing stock of the NBA the last two seasons, with only their neighbor state New Jersey Nets being worse this year.
New York had Stephan Marbury, and Steve Francis who were actually both considered stars in their heyday and went through a multitude of players in the last few years.
The Knicks had three peat slam dunk champion Nate Robinson, but he was traded away at the deadline. Their front office put in more work at the deadline too, grabbing veteran Tracy McGrady who can fill some seats for now. But both he and David Lee will be free agents at the end of the season as New York is setting up for a run at one of the massive names out there.
And it’s hard to believe the hardcore Knick fans would be satisfied with anyone besides LeBron James, but they may have to be content with someone slightly lesser in stature.
The Pistons have fallen further from grace than anyone else on this list. Detroit was a perpetual championship contender in the mid 2000s, but their makeup has changed more than a one-man Broadway show.
Chauncey Billups is back in his home town, Denver, and Rasheed Wallace is in Boston now.
With their departures, the Pistons are falling faster in the East than American automakers are in Detroit.
Speaking of depressing, yowza.
Oh the Clippers. My brother always calls them the “toenail clippers” and for good reason. The other LA team is always the laughing stock of the NBA as owner Donald Sterling never wants to spend money to get a solid on-court product.
They tried to keep Elton Brand by bringing in Barron Davis, but couldn’t, and Marcus Camby left this season.
Possibly the biggest bright spot (no I’m not talking about his pale skin and large size) for the Clippers is Chris Kaman. Kaman made the All Star game for his first time this season, and his play has been stellar even though he plays for one of the NBA’s worst.
Sterling said he will be attempting to make a play in the free agent market soon, but that appears too good to be true for the seemingly tiny minority of Clippers fans in LA.
After two years of missing basketball, the Wizards got their star scorer in Gilbert Arenas back this season. But Arenas going cowboy and bringing three guns to the arena to threaten teammate Crittendon was the beginning of the end.
The Wizards, who were carrying way too much salary anyway, cut ties with stars Caron Butler and Brendon Haywood, who both went to Dallas, and Antawn Jamison joined King James in Cleveland.
Surprisingly, Washington decided to keep Arenas even though he’s still indefinitely suspended, and they’re currently rolling with a bunch of scrubs and older career backups as their starters.
At least Wizards fans have Andre Blatche to watch. He’s emerged as a very talented young player and could grow into a verified superstar soon.
Really though, they’re so sad even a clown would cry if he watched them play.
Minnesota is the odd-team-out in the NBA’s best division, the Northwest. All of the other four teams (Denver, Utah, Portland and Oklahoma City) are currently in the playoffs, and all could do damage once there.
The T’Wolves are currently rebuilding, and doing so in an interesting way. In last year’s draft, Minnesota took three point guards with their three picks. They traded Ty Lawson to the Nuggets and Ricky Rubio is overseas trying to become better.
Although, Jonny Flynn is working out well for them as of now and he does have star potential.
Still, T’Wolves fans have to be hoping they will take some big men before long, but they need much help before they can compete once again.
What is there good to say about the Nets, really?
At 7-55 they are still on pace to get the worst NBA record in history. They had a 22-game losing streak during this season, luckily avoiding the all time mark at 23 straight.
The Nets have way too many holes than they should. They should be cut down, burned and buried ASAP.
Really, the only good thing in New Jersey these days is Devin Harris. Even he was injured until recently, and his great play can’t even propel the Nets to victory on most nights.
It’s so bad in New Jersey that they’ve had two promotions that are so ludicrous it’s laughable. The Nets gave away free tax service to anyone that bought a ticket to one of last week’s game, but the best came earlier in the year.
The cast of MTV’s Jersey Shore showed up for a halftime appearance and the crowd was almost sold out.
But there are some positives on the horizon for the Nets.
First of all, owner Jay Z is moving the team to Brooklyn and a brand new arena soon. Second, and possibly more importantly for the short term, the Nets are in a position to make a serious run at LeBron, D-Wade, Chris Bosh and others.
So there you have it, the 10 most depressing teams of the NBA this season.
Like stated before, the majority of these teams look like they will be sans playoffs for years to come. But, some can see a bit of sunshine on the horizon and improve in the near future.
Rich Kurtzman is a Colorado State University graduate and freelance journalist who specializes in Colorado Sports. Along with writing here for NFLTouchdown.com, Kurtzman is the Denver Nuggets Featured Columnist for bleacherreport.com and the Colorado State Rams Examiner for examiner.com. You can follow Rich on twitter (twitter.com/richkurt) and become a fan on facebook (http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=lf#!/pages/Rich-Kurtzman/118701804283?ref=ts) to read all his pieces.