The NBA produced plenty of great games last season, but ultimately resulted in the final that most fans were hoping for. In the finals, we got a seven game series that produced one of the greatest finales in NBA history. This season, teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors will again try to attain basketball greatness. Which teams will fall short of those expectations?

Golden State Warriors.

Although the Golden State Warriors made a splashy signing with the addition of Kevin Durant, they lost a lot of key players to their roster. Moreover, the biggest setback might come from their lack of size at the 5, with the losses Andrew Bogut, Festus Ezeli and Marreese Speights; three key contributors to their 2014 championship.

Yet, they did an adequate job to sure up that position, with the signings of Anderson Varejao, David West and Zaza Pachulia. But is that really good enough to replace the talented trio of bigs they just lost? We’ll see, but it doesn’t look likely.

Draymond Green has shown he can play centre, but the 4 is his best position, because he has shown a tendency to get beat by the bigger, stronger centres in the league. So that isn’t an ideal position he should be playing full-time.

With the roster overhaul the team had, it’s going to take time for Golden State to find chemistry on the court, making it unlikely that they win a Championship in the upcoming season.

Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are littered with young, upcoming talent at almost every position.

Whether you’re talking about Karl Anthony-Towns, Andrew Wiggins, Zach Lavine, Kris Dunn, or even Gorgui Dieng. The Timberwolves have star studded talent, at almost every position.

However, some unreasonable expectations have been placed upon them. Although they are talent riddled, they’re playing in a deep Western Conference, and they don’t have enough NBA experience as a unit.

Karl Anthony-Towns is only entering his second season, while Andrew Wiggins is going into only his third. So expectations need to be tempered.

Barring a random push into the eighth and final spot in the playoffs, the Minnesota Timberwolves are most likely going to be one of the teams left out of April’s festivities.

Toronto Raptors.

With the Toronto Raptors making the Eastern Conference finals last season, and putting up a fight against the star studded Cleveland Cavaliers. It has fans wondering whether they can repeat last seasons’ success, or maybe even take it a step further.

But that’s were a line should be drawn. They are a good team, however they aren’t elite. This offseason they had a chance to get there, but stuck out a the truly talented 4’s, leaving them with Jarred Sullinger.

The addition of Sully should help them some, but he doesn’t help bring any consistency to the team. The 4 spot was the team’s weakness last season, and they didn’t go out to get anyone to help strengthen that position.

So with that said, the Raptors don’t seem to be in a spot to repeat and make it back to the Eastern Conference Finals, making the upcoming season a failure in many Canadian basketball fans eyes.

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