Through the early stages of the NBA season, there have been teams that have gotten off to fast starts, such as the Celtics, Cavaliers, Rockets, and Warriors. Most expected those teams to succeed even before the season started. However, not every team has played up to those standards. Here are four teams that are underachieving so far.
4. Memphis Grizzlies
Every year, it seems like the Grizzlies are always in the middle of the Western Conference playoff race. This year, that certainly isn't the case. The Grizzlies are 8-16, have fired their head coach, and were just recently on an 11 game losing streak. They've been missing their point guard, Mike Conley, due to injury, but there is still no excuse when you have star center Marc Gasol on your team. With rumors going around of a potential Gasol trade, you have to wonder what the Grizzlies' long-term plan is.
3. Washington Wizards
There were high expectations coming into this season for the Wizards, as they were coming off an Eastern Conference Divisional playoff loss to Celtics last season. Currently, they haven't been playing great basketball, as they are 13-11 this season. Their superstar point guard, John Wall, has missed some time due to injury, but this young Wizards core was expected to take the next step in potentially reaching the Eastern Conference Finals. So far, we've get to see that next step taken.
2. Los Angeles Clippers
After trading Chris Paul in the offseason, the Clippers were still considered to be a competitive team, with the likes of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan still on the court. That hasn't been the case. Griffin has been injured, Jordan has been the subject of trade rumors, and the Clippers are on the cusp of collapsing. It's looking more like the Clippers are getting ready to rebuild, rather than compete in the West.
1. Oklahoma City Thunder
If there's one team that is underachieving so far, it's without a doubt the Thunder. After acquiring Paul George and Carmelo Anthony in the offseason to pair with Russell Westbrook, this Thunder team was expected to challenge the Warriors for supremacy in the West. However, that isn't happening right now, as the Thunder are badly struggling trying to fit together their "big three." Sitting at 11-12 this season, the Thunder aren't looking like the team most people expected them to be.