Now that the Denver Nuggets have claimed their first NBA Championship, there are only 10 NBA teams remaining that have not won it all. Unfortunately, the Minnesota Timberwolves are among that group that has yet to know the feeling of winning it all. But the team feels closer than it has been in a very long time.
But rather than convince ourselves that we are oh-so-close, a better use of our time is to explore the teams that have not won an NBA Championship, and try to objectively reason through which of the teams may be closer to that goal than the others. Yes, that will take some time if we plan to do it effectively.
But which teams are still in the hunt? Well, we have that list already:
Ten NBA teams, all of whom must shatter the circle of history.
X: Charlotte Hornets
The Charlotte Hornets may have to be patient, as the team is not close to an NBA Playoff run as things stand today. But patience has been one of their trademarks, as the team has competed in the NBA since the 1988-89 season with nothing to show for it. There is hope now that the Hornets can ride the future with star PG Lamelo Ball and rookie wing Brandon Miller.
Unfortunately, the Hornets struggled with injuries that led to their disappointing record of 27-55. And this year is a leap of faith as the team did not re-sign free agent P.J. Washington, a major contributor to the team last season.
With a young team, but no true All-Star on the roster as of yet, the Hornets’ upside is going to be limited. If the team plays well and stays healthy, perhaps the Hornets will improve to just shy of 40 wins. That may be enough to trigger excitement for Charlotte Hornets fans, but it won’t get them into the NBA Championship hunt anytime soon.