The NBA season has concluded and that means there are teams that pleasantly surprised their fans and teams that disappointed them tremendously.
During the season, two teams proved to exceed all expectations while two teams were busts.
While their bid for the postseason fell just short, the Phoenix Suns played an impressive season for first-year coach Jeff Hornacek.
In the 2012-12 season Phoenix won just 25 games and nearly doubled that in 2013-14 despite finishing in 9th place in the Western Conference.
Team high scorer Goran Dragic became a household name this season in the NBA. A number of players that were overlooked by other NBA teams had outstanding season for Phoenix including the Morris twins and Gerald Green.
Phoenix was the top team against the spread this season in the NBA according to Bovada, topbet and betonline. The Suns finished 51-29-2 against the number this season.
The Bobcats last season finished with 61 losses, which was the second worst overall record in the league. New Head Coach Steve Clifford has made the team much more competitive and better defensively. The Bobcats ended the regular season in the top seven for defensive efficiency, while allowing the fourth lowest per game scoring average on defense in the league. Sportsbook.com to open the season had Charlotte on a win total of just 26, the Bobcats ended the season with 43 wins.
The Bobcats opened their postseason against the Miami Heat on Sunday.
New York Knicks
This season was a huge disappointment for the Knicks who won the Atlantic Division the season before. Carmelo Anthony will not play in the postseason for the first time in his NBA career.
However, the Knicks remain the league’s most valuable franchise and will open their wallets for free agency this summer.
New President Phil Jackson brings excellent NBA knowledge of trades and drafts. Last season New York was the No. 2 seed in the East and were predicted to win 49 to 50 games this season but won just 37.
The era of Joe Dumars in Detroit will end. The Pistons have had a disastrous season winning only 29 games and finishing 14 games below the .500 mark.
The Pistons opened their wallets to acquire Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith during the offseason. Young stars Kyle Singler and Andre Drummond had very good seasons, yet Detroit could not find its way out of the bottom of the conference. Only four teams in the East had worse records than Detroit.
Bovada had the Pistons at 40 wins to start the season, but they fell 11 short of that prediction. The Pistons finished 10-33 against teams with a winning record this season. Detroit’s losses were not close games. The Pistons lost by three points or less just five times all season.
Chances are a shakeup will take place from management down the line to players this offseason.