For some reason, all the NBA chatter these days is about Miami's creation of a so-called superteam and how the Heat stack up against the Lakers, Celtics and Magic. But what about the not-so superteams? What about the opposite of superteams -- the sorriest, most hopeless, least star-studded teams in the league? They deserve our attention too, at least for five minutes. Here's John Galinsky's guess at the five worst in 2010-11.
Indy's ownership spent years clearing the roster of talented knuckleheads. Who's left? Nice guys who are marginal NBA players, like Tyler Hansbrough (pictured). Danny Granger is the only reliable scorer. The big men are stiffs. Mike Dunleavy can't stay healthy and T.J. Ford can't get out of the doghouse. So what did the Pacers do? They drafted college basketball's most talented knucklehead, Lance Stephenson. Here we go again.
Yes, injuries sabotaged the Pistons last season as they finished 27-55. But even when healthy, they're a poorly contructed team. There's not a true point guard or center on the roster, unless you count Ben Wallace, who turns 36 in September, and Kwame Brown. They wasted nearly $100 million on Ben Gordon (right) and Charlie Villanueva last summer. Unless rookie Greg Monroe provides immediate frontcourt help, it'll be another long season in Motown.
New Jersey Nets
After barely avoiding the worst record in NBA history, the 70-loss Nets hoped to make a big splash in free agency with their new filthy-rich owner Mikhail Prokhorov. But instead of LeBron or a second-tier star like David Lee, New Jersey settled for the likes of Anthony Morrow, Travis Outlaw, Jordan Farmar and Johan Petro. Those guys, along with No. 3 pick Derrick Favors, amount to a small ripple, not a splash. Sixty losses, anyone?
Toronto fans had resigned themselves to the departure of Chris Bosh. They weren't unhappy to see Hedo Turkoglu's contract shipped off to Phoenix. But what remains? Maybe the least athletic team in the league, led by former No. 1 pick Andrea Bargnani (pictured), who has improved but still isn't adept at creating his own shot. Indeed, the Raptors have shooters galore but won't be able to rebound, run or defend. That's not a recipe for success in the NBA.
If the Nets had won both games against the T-Wolves last season, rather than vice versa, Minnesota would have owned the league's worst record. There's an excellent chance that will happen this season, especially after Minny gave up on supposed franchise player Al Jefferson, giving him to the Jazz for draft picks. That may be a smart long-term move as the 'Wolves try to become a running team. But even after adding Michael Beasley and drafting Wesley Johnson, they may give the 1972-73 Sixers a run for their money as the worst team in NBA history.