It’s finally that time of the year again, and basketball fever is once again upon us. In just a few short days, the NBA will be starting its newest 2019-2020 season, and the 30 best teams in the world will be taking it to one another in the standard format. Both basketball hardcore fans, and casual fans will no doubt know that the 2019 free agency was perhaps one of the biggest and most interesting in the history of the sport, with so many superstar players being at the tail end of their contracts.
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So many super teams and shakeups have taken the stage this offseason that it seems as though the league has completely reset itself, however, this is not the case. As with always, every offseason has it’s winners and it’s losers, and in this piece, we’re focusing on the latter. There are always those teams which pull the short straw, and can’t quite make the deals they want, leaving the fans disappointed, and players locked in. Here are three teams which won’t have the best 2019-2020 season in the NBA.
One of the biggest tragedies in the league has undoubtedly been the Kings over the past few years. Following the departure of their arguably biggest star, DeMarcus Cousins in years past, the Kings have struggled to gain any sort of traction or even recognition, and perhaps, have even become one of those teams which pull out the odd win here or there. Having a high pick a few drafts past, grabbing DeAaron Fox, was a strong move, but not one which could seal the King’s immediate future in the league, seeing as this season, they’re purported to have a sub 40 record, not exactly a good look for the Californian team.
New York Knicks
Another major tragedy in the NBA league, arguably bigger than the aforementioned Sacramento Kings. The issue is, the Knicks were, at one point, formidable contenders, around the time that Carmello Anthony was a bona fide star in the business. However, following various injuries, draft busts, poor performances, and shoddy looking trades, the Knicks have been perennial lottery picks for the past few years. It truly breaks my heart to see Knicks fans in the past few years, but that still doesn’t stop me from throwing some banter their way, because, well, they are Knicks fans.
While the aforementioned picks were literal dumpster fires of teams, which were once good, and have just now fallen, Detroit has been this way for a long, long time. Not essentially a terrible team, and featuring a good crop of reliable, but journeyman talent, the Pistons are simply not needle movers in the league. Seemingly always being just within grasping range of a playoff berth, the Pistons just come up short now and then. Not exactly a tragedy, just sort of a shame since they are not a terrible team, but just seem to come up short in the consistency department of things.