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Jonas Jerebko (Detroit Pistons)
25. Detroit Pistons
It's really ashame because the Pistons were perennial conference finals contenders.
They've just slacked off a bit, and this year is no different. Now, they aren't as awful as the previous five teams, but they aren't contending for anything this season.
This is a team with a mixture of young guys and veterans who have been around. Jonas Jerebko is an exciting young talent, but not good enough to take a 55-loss Pistons team to the playoffs.
24. Washington Wizards
This is your East version of the LA Clippers. A team not going anywhere that people pick to be a darkhorse.
I don't see how that's possible. Gilbert Arenas is up to his old controversial tricks after last year's gun incident and the acquisitions made aren't that of a champion.
Kirk Hinrich and Yi Jianlian aren't mind-blowing names, and John Wall is just a rookie no matter what anyone says. You have heard of Greg Oden and Blake Griffin right?
Let's back off the Wizards for now.
23. Sacramento Kings
The Kings are an interesting little bunch.
This team actually has potential to surprise many in the West, so they can move up on this list as the season unfolds. Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans is back and even better, and DeMarcus Cousins can win the award this season.
Samuel Dalembert was acquired from the 76ers in the offseason to help even more. I still think they are a year or so away, but expect an improvement.
22. New Jersey Nets
What a bust! Even with the big Russian billionaire, the Nets struck out on all 10 free agents this offseason.
No LeBron or Wade or Bosh or even David Lee. Yi Jianlian is gone, and a new coach is in place.
Devin Harris and Brook Lopez are an outstanding young duo with major potential, but if that was good enough, why the attempt at a major free agent? They won't lose 70 games this season, but perhaps 55.
21. Philadelphia 76ers
Would you like a team that's way too hard to figure out? How about the 76ers?
Who knows which direction this team is headed in. There's some darn good talent on this team starting with Andre Iguodala, but can they make the playoffs in a weak Eastern conference?
It'll take some hard work and luck because this isn't a roster that fits together well. It seems like something's missing.
They won't be awful, though. Just not good enough.