All good things come to an end eventually; that’s life.Thus, the life of any NBA franchise is a cycle. A playoff team could find itself deep in the lottery just a few years–months, even–later. In the past year, we’ve seen front offices strip their rosters down to the screws, actively decimating any chances to sniff the postseason. In other cases, general managers have been forced to trade away just one star player, but this scenario generally ends with the same result: the win-column shortening.
A star player sticking with one franchise for his entire career isn’t something frequently found, especially with the 2011 collective bargaining agreement in place and NBA basketball seemingly transforming into more of a business than a sport, but teams that do manage to draft and retain their stars usually find a good deal of success.
But, as said before, nothing last forever. Even those who seem ageless will eventually die.
This is true in life, but also for the aforementioned type of team. Players get old, and even the best management can’t prevent the inevitable rebuilding stage of the cycle.
When a team that has been enjoying success for over a decade loses its cornerstone, it’s–simply stated–screwed. Here are five teams that are utterly done for it in a few years.