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The five Biggest losers from the 2013 NBA season

Updated on January 20, 2014

Where does your team rank?

As we get down to the end of the NBA season there are teams who can look back to see this as a season of growth. The Pacers, Warriors, and Rockets each made great strides and will continue to improve going into next season. Then there were others who would love nothing more than to erase 2013 from their memories. The L.A. Lakers for instance would love to to steal all game footage, radio broadcast, and Youtube videos of this past season, but guess what that’s Laker nation. Anything less than an NBA title for the L.A. Lakers is a bad season, but are they the biggest losers of the season. Here I have compiled a list of those who missed their mark this season.

Can Derrick Rose's return bring the Bulls back to glory?

Can he be remembered with other Bulls greats?
Can he be remembered with other Bulls greats? | Source

Chicago Bulls

5) Chicago Bulls- While for many looking back at everything the Bulls went through this past season failure would not be a word associated with them. The Chicago Bulls finished 5th in the eastern conference, won their first round playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets, and took game one in their second round series against the Miami Heat. The 2013 was lost the moment Derrick Rose went down with his knee injury in the 2012 season. In the playoff’s the Bulls boasted a starting lineup with their third string point guard and two second string forwards. The questions of Derrick Rose’s return and how much the layoff will effect him will remain until he steps back on the court. Without seeing a healthy Bulls team on the court, it’s hard to know what the future of this team will be.

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The missing piece

Just how much did the Thunder miss James Harden
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Oklahoma City Thunder

4) Oklahoma City Thunder- The Thunder struggled in the playoff’s with the loss of star point guard Russell Westbrook, but the season may have changed the moment guard James Harden was traded. Harden could have helped O.K.C down the stretch and in the playoff’s, but the Thunder would have had only a slim chance to none of resigning him. Kevin Martin who was part of the Harden trade never could give the team that boost that James Harden could. With teams like the Warriors, Clippers, and Lakers certain to get better, what improvements to the lineup can the Thunder come up with to contend with others in the western conference.

Who runs L.A.

What made this season so hard?
What made this season so hard? | Source

L.A. Lakers and Clippers

3)L.A. Lakers and Clippers- Let begin with the Lakers. After bringing in Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, the Lakers were thought to be a favorite to represent the western conference in the NBA finals. So what happened? Coach Mike Brown was fired after a slow start, Howard and Gasol found it hard to play at the same time on the court, and age caught up with old legends. This is a critical off season for the Lakers who need to sign Dwight Howard, will have Kobe Bryant coming off of a serious injury, and a coach who no one believes can win. The one bright spot is that they are the Lakers and almost nothing can keep them down for long.

The Clippers on the other hand should be concerned with their current state of things. They fired their coach after posting the best regular season record in team history. The team needs to find a roster and a style of play that works best for this team. Resign Chris Paul and also bring in some shooters. The team plays way to much isolation and needs a coach who can bring structure to the team.

Tops plays of the 2012-2013 season

Things can't get worst, can they?

Maybe next year
Maybe next year | Source

New York Knicks

2)New York Knicks- The team seems to leave fans with more questions than answers each season. Coach Mike Woodson has done a great job of breeding a defense into the team, but lacks an offensive identity. The true question is can the Knicks make a run with Carmelo Anthony at the helm. The 2013 sixth man of the year J.R. Smith has a player option that could see him become a free agent this summer. Amare Stoudemire is coming off of his worst season as a professional and stands to make $23mil. next season. The Knicks will have have the next couple of years to win a title, but after the 2014/2015 season both Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony will again become free agents which gives the Knicks a small window to win a title.

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Why you missed out the most?

1) The Fans- The biggest loser from this NBA season had to be the fans. With great players like Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Kobe Bryant, and more missing large parts of the NBA season due to injury fans missed out on great basketball this season. We saw favorites like the Lakers, Bulls, and Thunder season end early due to key injuries. We never got to see if a healthy Bulls team could truly compete with the Miami Heat. Fans longed for a rematch between the Heat and Thunder in the NBA finals. In 2014 fans can only hope to see the stars of the game return to form.

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      Man of Strength 4 years ago from Orlando, Fl

      Hi, I wouldn't call any of these teams losers. They all made the playoffs. To me the biggest losers are the Orlando Magic. Just four short years ago they were playing in the NBA finals. With the loss of Dwight Howard they are now back to obscurity and will be in the lottery for years to come.

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      Man of Strength 4 years ago from Orlando, Fl

      Hi, I wouldn't call the teams on your list losers. If anything the Knicks were the most scrutinized. Carmelo Anthony once again had an early playoff exit. The true losers are the Orlando Magic. After losing Dwight Howard, they've been reduced to obscurity and will be in the lottery for years to come.

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      dontaytte 4 years ago from Palos Hills

      What I considered to be losers in my hub were teams with high expectations going into the season. Making the playoffs in the NBA is not hard as long as you have some type of talent. A little more than half of the teams are able to play in the playoffs each season. We knew going into last season that without Dwight Howard the Orlando Magic would struggle to win games. Who could have expected that the Lakers would barely make it into the playoffs with their roster. Making the playoffs is not enough in the NBA. I'm a hard core Bulls fan, and love the fact that my team battled to the very end, but we want titles and anything short is like a wasted season.

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      dontaytte 4 years ago from Palos Hills

      The reason that the Knicks are on the list is because they boast one of the highest payrolls in the NBA and struggled in the playoffs. Not only that, they got exposed. They have limited abilities to improve their roster and a star who can't stay healthy. They play in the weakest conference but can't get out of the 2nd round of the playoffs. Every season in the NBA is like 5 years. You can't afford to let great chances past you by.

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      Sakipi 2 years ago

      Okay to clear things up! It's not how they lost, it's how they pyaeld. Tell me, did you guys see a Mavericks lead? It was all Miami. From the 1st Quarter to the last. Just watching this game was just amazing. Been a Heat fan since 2005 and still supportive. Sweet revenge people. Miami needs to win this year. Miami 4 lyfe till the day I die! and also, who cares if they got a championship? so do we, but do we brag about it?

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