Training camps are officially open around the NBA after Monday's media day festivities, and for some teams, expectations are simply too high.
We take a look at the five teams that are most likely to underachieve based on their preseason projections.
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San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs won 67 games last season, a ridiculous total that would have gotten a lot more attention had the Warriors not won 73. But with Tim Duncan now retired, the team defense is going to take a step back -- especially now that Pau Gasol will be tasked with replacing him in the lineup.
It would be downright foolish to bet too hard against Gregg Popovich, considering his Spurs have won at least 50 games during the regular season for a whopping 17 years straight. But an aging Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have us worried that San Antonio won't be the contender we're used to seeing.
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The Celtics won 48 games during the regular season and were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs, but the insane amount of positive coverage the team received for these mediocre accomplishments was simply too much.
Boston is expected to be even better this season, after landing Al Horford in free agency and selecting Jaylen Brown with the third overall pick in this summer's draft. But the rest of the roster beyond Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart remains uninspiring, and it'll be interested to hear the narrative surrounding the team if it doesn't make the leap that's expected.
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The Raptors made it to the Eastern Conference finals last season before losing to the Cavaliers in six, and since that was the best finish in franchise history, an inevitable letdown is on the horizon.
The losses of Bismack Biyombo and Luis Scola to free agency will be more impactful than people realize, and with DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry already at their maximums from a production standpoint, this feels like a year where Toronto, after so much recent success, takes a step back.
After years of intentionally bottoming out to try to secure top draft picks, the Sixers are ready to move forward and actually try to win games. Excitement levels from Philly fans are off the charts, especially with Joel Embiid finally healthy and a talented rookie in Ben Simmons who seems ready to contribute right away.
While the Sixers appear to be moving in the right direction, there are still real flaws with this roster -- just ask Nerlens Noel about that. Wins will be just as hard to come by as they were when the team knowingly put a bad roster together, and it might take a couple more years before Sixers fans are truly able to celebrate some success.
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Golden State Warriors
Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry may have the last laugh once the season is finished. But there's no question that Golden State is the league's most overrated team before it begins.
Adding Kevin Durant to a team that posted a record 73 regular-season wins and came within one game of repeating as champions seems unfair on the surface. But the Warriors lost five key rotation players to make that happen, and players and coaches have already said that they want nothing to do with chasing history once again.
Golden State is heavily favored to win the title now that Durant is in place, and the team wouldn't have it any other way. But the regular season will be rockier than it was a year ago as the new pieces learn to fit, and anything other than a championship will be viewed as a complete failure by fans and players alike.