This season has been extremely exciting to this point in the year and with the “home stretch” of games coming up, we can expect plenty of action and fireworks in the league this year. The NBA is as competitive as it has ever been and with almost every team having at least one All-Star caliber player, we can expect to see some great games as we try to sort out who is in and who is out of the playoffs this season.
With the NBA expanding the playoffs this season, allowing the 9-seed and 10-seed to participate in play-in games to try and secure the final 8-seed in the playoffs, we are going to see plenty of exciting basketball for teams trying to lock-up those final few spots.
In the Eastern Conference, the 76ers, Nets and Bucks are the top-3 teams and nothing is going to change that at this point, but nine other teams are still competing for the remaining playoff spots this season. In the Western Conference, nobody has locked in their playoff spot yet, but it is safe to say 5-6 teams are close to being locked for the playoffs.
However, the bottom of the West is still yet to be shaped as five teams are still very much in the running for the 8-seed. From young teams on the rise to experienced teams looking to make it back to the playoffs, there are plenty of teams all vying for the same playoff spots, which is why this season will be exciting right up until the final buzzer of the regular season!
While some teams are competing for championships/playoff spots this season, others are facing an uphill journey and rebuild process. For these four teams, things are not going well right now and while some of them may be playoff teams this year, the future is definitely very much up-in-the-air.
With that said, let’s take a look at four teams who need to “blow it up” this year and completely flip their roster around in order to achieve long-term success.