It is safe to say that the NBA season has been off to a hot start. We see the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers dominating the competition as many people have expected and we have some teams surprising a lot of people in the Phoenix Suns and the Charlotte Hornets.
Though this season has been great for many teams, it has been disappointing for many others. Here are 5 teams who have been disappointing to start the season.
Coming into the season, the Magic were a team that many expected to contend for a spot in the playoffs. After making the playoffs for the first time since Dwight Howard was traded, the Magic opted for a win-now approach. They re-signed Nikola Vucevic and Terrence Ross as well as added Al-Farouq Aminu in a free agency. With all of these moves, the Magic were destined to have some decent success this season but have disappointed so far.
As of the writing of this article, they are currently 2-5 in their first seven games and have been dreadful on offense. As of November 6th, 2019, the Orlando Magic are dead last in points per game with 93.6 points per game, which is 6 POINTS LOWER than the New York Knicks, who are 29th. The Magic are also dead last in field goal percentage at 39.6% as a team and 29th in three-point percentage at 26.8%.
This horrid offensive start for the Magic is due to their two best players, Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon, also having horrid starts to the season. Their All-Star Center, Nikola Vucevic, is averaging 15.9 points and 10 rebounds per game on a laughable 40.7% shooting from the field and 19.2% shooting from three.
Aaron Gordon is playing even worse this season as he is averaging 11.9 points and 6.6 rebounds per game on 41.3% shooting from the field and 29.2% shooting from three. If the Magic want to turn this season around, they must get improved play from others on the team such as Terrence Ross and Jonathon Isaac or look to make a few trades.
The Chicago Bulls looked like a team poised to put the league on notice this season. After a couple of seasons of mediocre play, the Bulls had a very underrated offseason. After drafting Coby White and signing veterans Tomáš Satoransky and Thaddeus Young, many people looked at the Bulls as a team that would contend for a playoff spot. To start the season, the Bulls are currently 2-6 through their first 8 games and this horrid start falls on the hands of the coaching staff.
Jim Boylen, the current Bulls Head Coach, has done a horrendous job with the team so far. His inability to stagger the minutes of Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen and the questionable decision to continuously give Luke Kornet and Ryan Arcidiacono minutes has proven to be detrimental to the Bulls’ season. If the Bulls want to turn the season around, Boylen must fix his rotations or the Bulls must look for a different head coach.
The Sacramento Kings were a team that was looked at to have an exciting season. After signing a few veterans to add to their electrifying young core, the Kings were looking like they would be a fun team to watch this season, but so far, this hasn’t been the case. The Kings have been mediocre on defense to start the season as they are ranked 23rd in Defensive Rating to start the season.
Their struggles also continue on offense as they are currently ranked 27th in points per game with 101.1. One of the things that made the Kings fun to watch was the fact that they were a fast-paced team.
Last season, the Kings finished the 3rd in Pace with 103.88 but so far this season they are ranked 26th in pace with 99.93. These early-season struggles can be attributed to the questionable coaching change that the Kings made.
After having their best season record-wise since the 2005-06 season and with the team destined to be great in the future, the Kings made the erroneous decision to fire Dave Joerger and replaced him with Luke Walton. This move came as a shock to everyone because not only were the Kings heading on the right track, they replaced Joerger with an inferior coach. Joerger had spent 3 seasons on the Kings and formed a special bond with his players so the decision to let him go was not a smart one.
If the Kings want to turn this season around, they must get improved play from players Bogdan Bogdanovich and Buddy Hield or look to find a coach that can improve the pace on this team.
Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors were a team that many expected to be great, even with Klay Thompson missing the year with an ACL injury and with Kevin Durant signing with the Brooklyn Nets. The Warriors were able to acquire D’Angelo Russell to add some extra firepower, but this team has been horrendous to start the year.
Stephen Curry and D’Angelo Russell started the season horribly and to art insult to injury, Curry is expected to miss the next three months after breaking his left hand against the Phoenix Suns. With the injuries and the lack of depth, it looks as if the Warriors will look to “tank” this season, get everyone healthy, and improve on the roster next offseason.
New Orleans Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans looked like a team headed for a horrible rebuild but were able to luck out. The Pelicans won the lottery this past season and took Zion Williamson with the 1st overall pick and moved on from Anthony Davis as they traded him to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and an abundance of picks. Having this young core alongside veterans Jrue Holiday, Derrick Favors, and J.J. Redick had a lot of people having high expectations from this team.
The first domino fell when Zion Williamson was sidelined due to a Knee Procedure. He is expected to return within a couple of weeks and the team needs his services. Despite the excellent play by Brandon Ingram, this team has been nothing short of disappointing.
The team is currently 1-6 and dead last in the Western Conference and horrible play by the veterans only makes their situation worse. Jrue Holiday is averaging 14 points and 6 assists on 37.3% shooting to start the year, Derrick Favors has missed 3 games for the Pelicans and has not done much when he has played, and J.J. Redick is only averaging 10.6 points per game, which is the lowest he’s averaged since 2010.
The hope currently is that Zion can come in and help this team win games but if this abysmal start is telling of what is to come, this season will be horrid for them.