We’re a few months into the NBA season and already we’ve got plenty of winners and losers.
For instance, the winners: the Golden State Warriors, the Phoenix Suns, and the Brooklyn Nets.
And for the losers: a complete lot of different groups.
Sure, the present NBA season has been actually rocky for a lot of squads throughout the affiliation.
A few of these groups – such because the Portland Path Blazers or New York Knicks – might need a really slim probability of recovering.
But, different groups might nonetheless flip the season round and make a robust run into the postseason.
Listed below are a couple of groups who must work further quick to get it collectively in the event that they wish to retain their hopes of ending the season effectively.
3. Los Angeles Lakers
You knew this was coming.
The present roster of the Los Angeles Lakers is one thing of an experiment.
Sure, it’s the oldest workforce within the league nevertheless it’s additionally a lineup that options many established stars who’ve by no means formally performed collectively, all with their very own personalities and play-styles.
Proper now, this experiment isn’t paying off.
Between the accidents to Anthony Davis and LeBron James to Russell Westbrook‘s capturing challenges to a slew of youthful gamers who’re nonetheless discovering their footings, this workforce isn’t functioning effectively.
At 16-16, the Lakers are a loss away from turning into simply the third workforce with LeBron James to be underneath .500 by 33 video games.
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— ESPN Stats & Information (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 23, 2021
They’ve proven flashes of brilliance they usually have gotten significantly better however they should preserve enhancing in the event that they wish to make it far within the playoffs.
This can require they focus extra on protection, maintaining with different youthful groups, and altering the methods every of them performs.
They nonetheless have time…nevertheless it’s operating out.
2. Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks are the quantity eight seed within the West and sitting at .500 at 15-15.
That’s not an abysmal report nevertheless it’s not ok – not practically ok.
The most important drawback with the Mavericks is that they should change into championship contenders inside the subsequent couple of seasons or else they run the danger of dropping their greatest star: Luka Doncic.
Doncic is seemingly comfortable in Dallas however he undoubtedly needs to attain extra in his NBA profession.
Comfortable as he could also be, he’ll look to different, greener pastures if Dallas stays middling and never close to the highest of the standings.
New head coach Jason Kidd continues to be feeling out his duties main the workforce and he might want to excellent his strategies as quickly as potential.
Moreover, Doncic might want to keep wholesome and likewise adapt to a brand new type of enjoying if the Mavs will get higher.
Proper now, Doncic is simply too centered on hero ball and counting on himself.
If he needs his workforce to prosper, the remainder of the season wants to actually be a workforce effort.
1. Philadelphia 76ers
The Philadelphia 76ers have among the finest gamers within the league (Joel Embiid) and among the finest coaches within the historical past of the NBA (Doc Rivers) however they’re nonetheless seventh within the East.
Their present scenario hurts all of the extra as a result of they had been much more aggressive final season and are off their recreation this 12 months.
If the 76ers wish to flip it round, they want to determine the albatross hanging round their necks: Ben Simmons.
The Simmons scenario is weighing them down and the earlier it’s solved, the higher.
— NBA TV (@NBATV) December 21, 2021
Ideally, Simmons would come again to the workforce in nice form, mentally and bodily.
But when that’s not going to occur, it’s time to do away with him.
Lastly buying and selling Simmons can be a superb factor as a result of the 76ers might obtain one other All-Star in his place and it will additionally significantly lighten the temper of the workforce and permit them to show a web page and deal with the longer term as an alternative of the previous.
The 76ers have the expertise they want, however they require only one main transfer to get them in the most effective form potential.