5 NBA Teams Due for the Biggest Regressions This Season

September 28th, 2016 by Dan Favale Leave a reply »
It's never fun to find out your favorite NBA team is ready to collect fewer wins than the previous season.

Alas, regression is a part of the Association's fabric and thus a necessary topic to discuss with the 2016-17 campaign inching toward tipoff.

Win totals are the focus. We already tackled the biggest increases; the same logic applies here but in reverse: Teams that won more games have more room for slippage, so last year's playoff squads will dominate the conversation. They are uniquely susceptible to drastic declines on the heels of free-agency losses, injuries, roster face-lifts and stylistic shifts.

These drop-offs won't always portend a lottery appearance. Most of the included teams will win enough to remain in the playoff hunt. Relative to last year, though, their regular-season outlook isn't nearly as bright.

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