27. Milwaukee Bucks (12-18)
This season has been a nightmare for the Milwaukee Bucks who expected to take a huge step forward after pushing the Chicago Bulls to the limit in last year’s playoffs. With Khris Middleton struggling after receiving an enormous contract, the Bucks are once again having offensive issues.
Unlike last season though, there defense hasn’t been able to pick them up and new acquisition Greg Monroe’s contributions have been rendered useless.
26. New Orleans Pelicans (9-19)
Expectations were extremely high for New Orleans coming into this season with Anthony Davis signing a brand new contract extension and the hiring of new head coach Alvin Gentry. Gentry — an assistant with the Golden State Warriors last season — was credited with installing their now historic offense.
Offense hasn’t been a problem — New Orleans is 8th in offensive rating — but they are 29th in defensive rating, second to last in the league.
25. Denver Nuggets (12-17)
Will Barton has come out of nowhere to become one of the league’s most improved players as rookie point guard Emmanuel Mudiay struggled mightily on offense and defense before his injury. New head coach Mike Malone has done a good job improving this squad despite a season-ending injury to Wilson Chandler, but still has a long way to take them on defense.