NBA Teams That Suffered from a Painful Decline

April 13th, 2015

There is nothing more enjoyable than to watch an interesting game between two equally competitive teams. Although what is considered interesting may vary according to different American sports, when it comes to basketball – a fast-paced game of wits and tactics – watching two teams battle each other to score the next point for their respective teams is surely intense and entertaining. But when those teams do not have the capacity to be competitive and make comebacks to win the games, your interest does take a hit.

Franchises which invest heavily in securing the best NBA talents are able to attract a larger fan base and support for their team. However, poor decisions regarding which players to hire and trade are often a regular occurrence in the NBA. This is a chief factor that contributes to the decline of team performance which in turn negatively influences the franchise. Here is a list of NBA teams that have declined over the years.

Minnesota Timberwolves

The Timberwolves have been at the bottom ranks of the NBA league since the last couple of years. Their strong performance in the last decade has only plummeted to reflect the mismanagement of players. The win percentage of the T-Wolves between 2014 and 2015 was just a little over 21.

Their worsening performance has mainly been attributed to the decisions of their former President, David Kahn who served from 2009-2013. Many of his decisions; such as trading the team’s high scoring player, Kevin Garnett, with Boston Celtics and his lack of judgment in not selecting Stephen Curry, have cost the team severely.

The T-wolves had made the worst league record of 89-223 which prompted David Khan’s dismissal in May, 2013.

New York Knicks

The NY Knicks have seen their performance drop over the years. In just over 3 years, the team’s win percentage has tumbled from an approximate 66% between 2012 and 2013 to 20% between 2014 and 2015.

The Knicks owe its worsening performance to clumsy contract terms with its players. The franchise management’s move to hire Amar’e Stoudemire for a 5 year contract period and trading its all-star player David Lee for many low class players did a lot of damage to the franchise. Although Amar’e was decent on the court; he lacked the edge David Lee had for Knicks.

These poor decisions surrounding player contracts were followed by some more, leading to further downfalls for the team.

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Orlando Magic

Orlando Magic has also deteriorated in their performance. What once was a roughly 63.4% win percentage of games played between 2010-2011, Orlando Magic has now, only managed to win 19 of 62 games, a win percentage of nearly 30%.

Their poor performance can largely be blamed on trading their best player Aaron Affalo with Evan Fournier and also for dropping Jameer Nelson.

Philadelphia 76ers

The 76ers were not any different when it came to making big bets on new players and dropping their best ones. Their decision to drop players Moe Harkless, Andre Iguodala, and Nikola Vucevic has led to a sharp decline of their franchise and team performance.

Their 21% win-ratio between 2014 and 2015 reflects the lack of skill prevalent in the team and the blunders that their management has made.

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