|1||Portland Trail Blazers||51-31|
|2||Oklahoma City Thunder||45-37|
Denver Nuggets Front Office
A Tom Thibodeau team should have played below expectations on defense, have some key players capable of performing at a high level who will still be under team control a few seasons from now and the total talent to be relevant within the first two seasons.
The Thunder, Suns, Jazz, Pacers, Heat, Hornets, Pistons, Nuggets, Kings, Magic, Lakers, 76ers, Knicks and Wolves missed the playoffs. Here's where they struggled and where there's hope.
Did the Rockets or Thunder get more meaningfully better? Why was Denver so anxious to get rid of JaVale McGee? Is the MCW deal a referendum on him? Did the Pistons actually improve?