It's been over a month that the 2017-18 season has tipped off, and there have been a handful of team truly underachieving. These five teams should have been much better than what their current record shows, but they have been mediocre, to say the least.
5. Sacramento Kings
The Sacramento Kings drafted well and added a few veteran players this past offseason to compliment the young core, but they have been seemingly underperforming. The team looks much better on paper, but they haven't been able to muster wins. Currently, they stand second to last in the Western Conference with merely five wins. Perhaps the veterans they added are too seasoned and the young talent needs more time to establish.
4. Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo has become one of the biggest stars in the league with his amusing all-around play, but the Milwaukee Bucks have been unable to accumulate wins in an inferior Eastern Conference. After making it to the playoffs last season, they are surprisingly a mediocre team this season, resulting in a heated exchange between Giannis and the team's assistant coach. Even after adding Eric Bledsoe, they continue to struggle.
3. Los Angeles Clippers
After starting the season 4-0, many people were thrilled to see the Los Angeles Clippers succeeding following Chris Paul's departure. However, the team quickly went downhill after a couple of injuries to key role players, dropping nine straight games. The Clippers have picked up in the last couple games, but they are slumping considerably, relying heavily on Blake Griffin. They sit 11th in the West with a 7-11 record and are no longer the best team in L.A., for the time being.
2. Memphis Grizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies could perhaps get a pass for underperforming since Mike Conley has been injured, but they are still losing to teams they should beat even without Conley. Their most recent loss was at home to the Brooklyn Nets, in which Marc Gasol was benched in the fourth quarter. The team is in turmoil, as Gasol was extremely unhappy riding the bench in the fourth. They are five games below .500 and are on an eight-game losing streak.
1. Oklahoma City Thunder
I can't say that I am not surprised that the Oklahoma City Thunder are struggling to fit in all the new pieces together. I knew Carmelo Anthony would be tough to mesh with Paul George and Russell Westbrook. However, I did not expect them to play as poorly as they have, losing to teams such as the Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz, and Sacramento Kings. With an 8-11 record, the Thunder seem to be unsure how to fix their early-season issues and must figure it out before they fall behind in the playoff race.