10 NBA Teams That Will Not Contend in 2013-14
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Not every team in the NBA has a chance to contend for a championship. While the contenders fight for a ring, the remaining fight for the No. 1 pick in the lottery. For every LeBron James there is a Kwame Brown. For every contending team there is a pretending team. Have you ever wondered what goes on in the minds of a consistent loser? It must take strong willpower to come to the arena every night knowing your team sucks and there is a great possibility of losing. This can cause a mentally strong person to consider jumping off of a bridge.
The Philadelphia 76ers traded away their best player, Jrue Holiday, for Nerlens Noel a.k.a. Andrew Bynum 2.0. Most likely he will not see the court this season. The Boston Celtics closed the doors of their nursing home with the release of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. The situation in Florida is equally dire with the dismal Orlando Magic. I don't think the Magic could beat the Disney World characters in a pick-up game.
There are no guarantees that tanking you will get the No. 1 pick. Dan Gilbert seems to be the exception to the rule due to his exceptional bribery skills. Can you imagine being Eric Bledsoe playing for a contender one year then get traded to the Phoenix Suns? Bledsoe will pull a Dwight Howard and go down with a fake season-ending injury. You may score a lot of points on a losing team and pad your stats, but at the end of the day you are still a loser. As a competitor, I do not want to be on any of these ten teams.Mark Wilson is a Brooklyn Nets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter , “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google
10. Atlanta Hawks
The Atlanta Hawks were never serious threats even with Josh Smith on their roster. The general manager of the Hawks, Danny Ferry is oblivious to the concept of winning. No matter what he does he will never shake the title of NBA bust. Al Horford is going to be the Charles Barkley of this generation. He is a great player but just can’t seem to get it done.
9. Toronto Raptors
Have you ever wondered why the Toronto Raptors can’t keep a superstar? Maybe it’s the whole dual citizenship situation. This team puts me in the mind frame of AND1 players. They have players that are exciting to watch on a fast break but they lack true basketball substance. Rudy Gay makes a trillion dollars a year in Canadian currency but has limited talent. I think they should just move the team to Seattle.
8. Charlotte Bobcats
The Charlotte Bobcats are the breeding ground for NCAA Champions. Too bad they can't extend that winning to the NBA. If you win an NCAA Championship, Michael Jordan will draft you. If you can’t shoot or play defense, Jordan will draft you. Kemba Walker will have a breakout season, but the rest of the team will just sit and watch.
7. Utah Jazz
Remember when the Utah Jazz had Deron Williams, Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson? I guess having talented players and contending every season was not the route they wanted to go. After shipping everyone off they still have that one good player. What’s his name again? Exactly.
6. Sacramento Kings
DeMarcus Cousins will be unstoppable once he matures. I wouldn’t bet on that happening anytime soon. The Sacramento Kings brought in Shaquille O’Neal to mentor him, but I doubt that will work.
5. Milwaukee Bucks
I can’t believe the league still lets the Milwaukee Bucks organization operate under the moniker of the NBA. They continue to give away talent like a soup kitchen. They let Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings go and signed O.J. Mayo. They should be dismissed from the league.
3. Orlando Magic
The Dwight Howard era is finally over. The problem is the rest of the roster remains intact. I would rather take my chances with Howard playing 1-on-5 than dealing with the collection of bums currently on the Orlando Magic. Can you name one good player they have? It's okay, I’ll wait.
2. Boston Celtics
Danny Ainge pulled his best Donald Trump impression by telling his aging Hall of Famers, “You’re fired. “ I think it’s time someone fired him. The Boston Celtics' loyalty code is blown way out of proportion. On the bright side they still have Rajon Rondo. Who am I kidding? Rondo is about to pull a Derrick Rose this year. I guess we will see you next season Rondo.
1. Philadelphia 76ers
If my friends and I were to call winners during a Philadelphia 76ers game, we would never get to play them. The season has not started yet, and these guys are tanking already. Is there some kind of penalty for that in the rule book? The punishment should be a season long suspension and they have to forfeit all draft picks for two years. Somewhere in New Orleans Jrue Holiday is exhaling. "Jrue, you were this close to standing on the edge of the Ben Franklin Bridge.”