Some teams have championships to worry about. Some teams want to make the playoffs. Some teams have no hope. Let’s take a look at the teams that made the playoffs last year, but are in jeopardy of missing out this year.
Los Angeles Lakers – The Lakers have their star player coming off major surgery, and that’s about all they have. Doesn’t sound like a formula for a playoff team. There have been rumors of a possible major trade, but until that happens, this team is looking at the lottery. Something drastic needs to be done, and I’m thinking it’s time to thank Kobe Bryant for all he’s done and move in a new direction.
Atlanta Hawks – The Hawks lost Josh Smith, but still have some talent left on the team. They picked up Paul Millsap, which was a huge addition. They still have Jeff Teague and Al Horford. However, will this team gel before other teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers take over their place? There are a lot of young teams heading in the right direction. If the Hawks do manage to make the playoffs again, they are a first-round exit waiting to happen. It may be time to tank it and wait for that star player who will take them to the next level.
Boston Celtics – This team isn’t going anywhere for a while. They are too young and have an injured superstar in Rajon Rondo. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Celtics go completely young and get rid of Rondo, as well. The Celtics need a big-name player on the roster who can carry the load. Without that, they are in the lottery for a while.
Milwaukee Bucks – Who do the Bucks have? O.J. Mayo? Gary Neal? Brandon Knight? This isn’t the roster that screams playoffs. I don’t see the Bucks making the playoffs for a few years. Sorry, Bucks fans. The truth hurts sometimes. There’s not much else to say about this team. Any fan of this team just wants to hear, “With the first pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Milwaukee Bucks select Andrew Wiggins.”