4 Teams Set Up To Fail This Season

4 Teams Set Up To Fail This Season

Postby JSM on Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:28 am

Derek Page of HoopsWorld wrote:Teams across the NBA landscape are continuing to gear up as we get closer and closer to the start of training camp and subsequently the start of a new NBA season. While some around the league have set themselves up nicely heading into next year, others have situated themselves with looming questions and precarious roster decisions that may derail the season before it begins.

The squads on this list aren’t necessarily doomed for the future, but next year isn’t going to be easy thanks to the way these teams were put together this summer.

For instance, while the Sacramento Kings aren’t likely to be in a great situation to contend next season, they aren’t on this list because the pieces they’ve put together have a chance to work well together both next season and in the future. The same could be said for a team like the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference that features Kyrie Irving spearheading a young, talented and up-and-coming core.

The difference between those probable lottery squads and these is that this list features teams that will not move forward with their teams as currently constructed and the present situation could stunt future growth.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at some teams that may be positioned to fail in the 2012-13 season:

Charlotte Bobcats:

Coming off of a difficult season, there is a long road ahead for this Bobcats team and a resurgence in Charlotte is not going to happen next season.

Don’t get me wrong, drafting Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with the second overall pick to go along with an already talented but inexperienced young core of Gerald Henderson, Kemba Walker and Bismack Biyombo was a good start. These players have the talent and will be expected to be key contributors over the next few seasons as the Bobcats try to climb their way out of the oblivion that was last year’s record breaking season in futility.

It’s the head scratching moves that sandwiched the draft to bring in redundant veteran parts that concerns me.

It’s understandable that dumping Corey Maggette was Charlotte’s way of justifying both drafting and starting Kidd-Gilchrist next season but the Bobcats didn’t need another undersized guard in Ben Gordon to stand in the way of more minutes for Walker.

The signing of the underrated Ramon Sessions is understandable and should be commended, but Sessions isn’t expected to step on any toes unless he wins the starting job outright. Even then, Sessions starting would prove that Walker still isn’t ready for prime time but Charlotte would still have a significant role in the rotation for a combo-guard like Walker and his skill set.

The addition of Gordon eats into Walker’s court time no matter what role he begins the season with and will most likely impede the second-year player’s growth next season. This is simply unacceptable for a team looking to develop difference-makers with both eyes firmly fixed on the future.

Signing temperamental center Brendan Haywood, who couldn’t handle a starting spot with the Dallas Mavericks his entire time there, only hinders the development of younger Bobcats chomping at the bit for more playing time. A stop-gap center is not something Charlotte needed at this point.

Let’s be clear, Haywood and Gordon are solid NBA players – especially as key role players on a contending team. This is just as much of an awkward fit for them as it is for the Bobcats.

The Bobcats are hoping that their collection of youth leads them to better days in Charlotte but that progress could be impeded by a few misplaced newcomers next season.

Houston Rockets:

Even with the quality acquisition of Jeremy Lin this offseason, the Rockets still feature a discombobulated and forward-heavy roster going into the upcoming season. In the pursuit eventual Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard, Houston acquired a bevy of draft picks and ill-fitting parts that will make the 2012-13 season an uphill climb from the get go.

As of now, Houston’s roster features seven forwards that will likely compete for four meaningful rotation spots at the power forward and small forward positions.

To be fair, the Rockets will feature a talented backcourt (when healthy) of Lin and Kevin Martin. However, from top to bottom, there’s really not a proven commodity other than Martin (and he missed 26 contests this past year) on this roster. The unknown that is youth and inexperience, even as talented as these players might be, is what Houston will live and die by this season.

Omer Asik, while a quality talent, still has much to proven on the NBA stage – especially as a first-time starter.

As for Lin, while he showed flashes of outstanding point guard play last season, he still must prove that he can consistently deliver and that he can be durable enough to play the bulk of an 82-game season.

Unless a major trade comes about that dramatically changes the makeup of this roster, next seasons Rockets’ season is doomed from the start.

New Orleans Hornets:

While the infusion of young talent that both Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers represents could ensure the Hornets competing in the West down the road, next season is more of a question mark. The major problem is that Rivers, who has struggled playing the point guard position, could be expected to play a pivotal role running the show for New Orleans as a rookie in 2012-13. The next alternative is Greivis Vasquez and, while he proved to be solid in 26 starts last season for the Hornets, he is just as much of an unknown in terms of his ability to run the show for a full season.

Along with inexperience at the point, this team also has serious questions with players expected to play a key role on this team this season.

One of the most explosive players in the league when healthy, newly re-signed (and with his heart possibly still in Phoenix) guard Eric Gordon hasn’t been able to consistently remain on the court over the last three seasons. Gordon missed all but nine games in last year’s lockout-shortened season and rode the bench in street clothes for 46 games combined in the two full seasons before that.

Newcomer Ryan Anderson, while potent from behind the arc and on the perimeter last season with the Orlando Magic, must prove that he has the skills to succeed even without Howard’s massive presence down low.

Of the teams on this list, New Orleans features a cast of talent that has the best case to possibly shake this rap next season. To do so, both Davis and Rivers will have to shake off any rookie struggles and this team will have figure out an answer at the point guard position to consider 2012-2013 a stepping stone year to a bright future.

Orlando Magic:

The Howard saga ended earlier this month but the bundle the Magic received in return didn’t exactly wow fans of the team or pundits around the country.

Like Houston, the Magic also have a worrisome logjam at the three and four spots on the floor. Eight players, from rookies, like Moe Harkless and Andrew Nicholson to veterans like Hedo Turkoglu and Al Harrington, will all be fighting for court time at two positions.

At center, the Magic will hoping for a promising season from talented but inexperience second-year players Gustavo Ayon and Nikola Vucevic. While they have potential, the pressure of replacing the best center in the game will be immense.

The problem with Orlando moving forward is not just replacing a player of Howard’s caliber but making up for all the deficiencies a player of his abilities is able to cover up. It’s going to be apparent over the course of the upcoming season just how much easier Howard made life for everyone on the court and there’s little doubt it’s going to be a struggle.

The good news for Magic fans is that Orlando is expected to have plenty of cash to spend to chase free agents and drastically alter the makeup of this team next summer. But in terms of next season, it’s going to get worse before it gets better in Orlando.
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Re: 4 Teams Set Up To Fail This Season

Postby pound4pound1 on Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:55 am

i think the Magic win less than 20 games next season
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Re: 4 Teams Set Up To Fail This Season

Postby Weezy on Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:41 am

I don't know about New Orleans though, I think they have the young talent to maybe surprise some people.
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Re: 4 Teams Set Up To Fail This Season

Postby thkthebest on Wed Aug 29, 2012 11:49 am

I'm not sure why New Orleans is there either. How are they set up to fail? It's not even about this upcoming season. He wrote:

For instance, while the Sacramento Kings aren’t likely to be in a great situation to contend next season, they aren’t on this list because the pieces they’ve put together have a chance to work well together both next season and in the future.
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Re: 4 Teams Set Up To Fail This Season

Postby lilman2834 on Wed Aug 29, 2012 12:00 pm

Weezy wrote:I don't know about New Orleans though, I think they have the young talent to maybe surprise some people.


I was thinking same thing.I agree wit all except hornets. If u got them top 4failure.u gon be surprised if they get a 8 seed or atleast be fighting for it
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Re: 4 Teams Set Up To Fail This Season

Postby Frank Dux on Wed Aug 29, 2012 4:23 pm

Besides Anthony Davis(Who is a player I like a lot). Who do the Hornets even have? Austin Rivers is just going to be an undersized 2 guard with tunnel vision, and a bad shot selection.
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Re: 4 Teams Set Up To Fail This Season

Postby Rooscooter on Wed Aug 29, 2012 6:36 pm

Take out N.O. and put the Clips on there..... I think they will take a step back this season.....
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Re: 4 Teams Set Up To Fail This Season

Postby Texas Lakers Fan on Wed Aug 29, 2012 7:31 pm

Rooscooter wrote:Take out N.O. and put the Clips on there..... I think they will take a step back this season.....

Based on what? The Clipps have a much better roster now then they did last season. They should be the 3rd best team in the West behind OKC and the Lakers.
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Re: 4 Teams Set Up To Fail This Season

Postby Rooscooter on Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:08 pm

Texas Lakers Fan wrote:
Rooscooter wrote:Take out N.O. and put the Clips on there..... I think they will take a step back this season.....

Based on what? The Clipps have a much better roster now then they did last season. They should be the 3rd best team in the West behind OKC and the Lakers.


I don't think either Paul or Griffin will make it through without injury..... Paul's nagging injuries added up in a shortened season last year..... he'll be lucky to play 60 games IMO....

Second.... they are a one trick pony and it doesn't take the league long to adjust teams that aren't diverse. If it isn't the pick and roll it doesn't happen on the offensive end for them..... SA figured it out.... make Paul beat you as a scorer....

Finally, They were a surprise last year..... not this year.
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Re: 4 Teams Set Up To Fail This Season

Postby Weezy on Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:14 pm

Frank Dux wrote:Besides Anthony Davis(Who is a player I like a lot). Who do the Hornets even have? Austin Rivers is just going to be an undersized 2 guard with tunnel vision, and a bad shot selection.


Well, they aren't stacked or anything, but they have a decent core and the bottom of the East is wide open. I actually think Rivers is going to do well in the NBA, so there's Davis, Rivers, Gordon, Anderson, Robin Lopez, Aminu, General Greivis, Warrick and Jason Smith, not a terrible roster, I certainly don't see them as set up for failure.
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Re: 4 Teams Set Up To Fail This Season

Postby Finwë on Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:21 pm

Texas Lakers Fan wrote:
Rooscooter wrote:Take out N.O. and put the Clips on there..... I think they will take a step back this season.....

Based on what? The Clipps have a much better roster now then they did last season. They should be the 3rd best team in the West behind OKC and the Lakers.

1st, I expect the Spurs to keep at it and finish at least 3rd.. Every season we say "they are done" yet they keep reinventing themselves while keeping a winning team identity (that comes from mostly from the consistency of Popovich, Manu, Duncan & Parker ). Their rookies always seem to perform, and they got plenty of very serviceable role players/bench players that always do what they are asked to do (Leonard, Green, Splitter, Neal, Diaw, Bonner, Blair). They always shoot lights out from 3 and their offensive execution has been great these last couple of seasons. I expect none of that to change.
Yeah their stars are older, but last season (due to the lockout) they averaged lesser minutes than usual and the team did great despite that. Expect them to succeed in the regular season.

2nd, how do the Clippers have a much better roster now?
Backcourt: Lost Mo Williams, Randy Foye & Nick Young, and added Jamal Crawford. Billups' health is questionable, but he could be considered a plus after not playing in the playoffs.
Frontcourt: Lost Reggie Evans and (most likely) Kenyon Martin, and added Grant Hill (good addition), LO & Ronnie Turiaf.
Their backcourt is definitely NOT better.. Mo Williams had a very good year with them after preparing all summer to be the starter; he wound up being the 6th man and really did a good job. Nick Young wasn't there long but had good moments. Foye was always a shooter, didn't do much else. Jamal Crawford is coming off a terrible year, and even if he plays at a high level I wouldn't say their backcourt is nowhere near better.
Frontcourt... Grant Hill is a very good addition, no denying that. I HATE Reggie Evans, but he worked out for them, and now he's gone. So did Martin. Odom, much like Crawford, is coming off a TERRIBLE year. He could be much better, but still he has to prove himself. Turiaf didn't get much playing time in a desperate-for-big-men Heat team, I think that kinda makes my case.
Overall, on paper, IMO there are no reasons to consider them better, let alone much better as you called them.. Maybe as the season progresses they end up being very good, but that isn't what you were talking about.
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Re: 4 Teams Set Up To Fail This Season

Postby noobiew on Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:22 pm

New Orleans set up for fail next season? I don't think so, their record will be bad but at least they have a decent young team to build around and their future was good.

C - Jason Smith / Robin Lopez
PF - Anthony Davis / Ryan Anderson
SF - Aminu / Darius Miller
SG - Eric Gordon / Xavier Henry
PG - Austin Rivers / Greivis Vasquez
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