With the Brooklyn Nets trading Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in a one week span, many people have already deemed this era of Nets basketball as one of the biggest disappointments in recent history. A team that once featured three of the greatest scoring talents in league history with Durant, Harden, and Irving, has now closed its title window and is in a promising rebuild mode. The Nets are not the only team that came into an era with high expectations and ended it with minimal results. In fact, they’re not the only Nets team that disappointed. The 2013-14 Nets are infamously known for giving the Celtics Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown in exchange for one playoff series win.
The Nets are not the only franchise with failed superteams. The Lakers have their share of disappointing teams but it often gets overshadowed by the history of their winning franchise. Their counterparts in LA, the Clippers, don’t have the history of success the Lakers but they certainly have similar failures.
We put together a list of NBA teams since 2000 that have underachieved or disappointed whether it was due to performance, injuries, age or the business of basketball getting in the way of these teams not capitalizing on their championship windows.