Even though winning in the regular season is extremely important, the playoff show what teams are truly made of. All teams prepare for that moment, all of their projects are judged by what they accomplish in the postseason.
Sadly, that means that several players may head out the door once the season is over if they underperform in the playoffs, even if they have a chance to regroup and try again next season as a much mature unit.
That’s what could happen with several franchises in the summer if they don’t make it to the NBA Finals, with some of their stars set to become unrestricted free agents at the end of the season. Today, we’ll let you know about the 3 teams that could fall apart if they lose in the playoffs.
1. Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics struggled to get by throughout the regular season, but they peaked as they came close to the playoffs. Now, they need to get past the 1st-seeded Milwaukee Bucks or else they could be in a lot of trouble in the summer.
Kyrie Irving may head out the door if they fail to make it to the Finals and that would most likely mean Al Horford could opt out as well. Also, they could send Tatum, Brown, and Hayward to New Orleans for a one-year rental on Anthony Davis, who may end up leaving at the end of the season.
2. Toronto Raptors
The Toronto Raptors made a huge gamble in the offseason. They traded away their best player in order to enter win-now mode with Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green and then risked even more by trading for Marc Gasol.
They have one of the strongest teams in the world right now, but if they fail to win the Championship or at least make the Finals, Kawhi may head to the West Coast, and Gasol and Green will also be free agents.
3. Philadelphia 76ers
For years, the Philadelphia 76ers encouraged their supporters to just ‘Trust the Process’. Now, all that’s left of said process are Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, and Zhaire Smith, with Markelle Fultz, Robert Covington, and Dario Saric out of the team.
The Sixers could lose three of their five starters as Tobias Harris, JJ Redick, and Jimmy Butler are set to hit free agency, and while their young core is outstanding, they’ll need way more help if they want to succeed in the league.