Teams most likely to descend into turmoil.
1. Nuggets (5 votes)
2. Clippers (4 votes)
3. Suns and Knicks (3 votes each)
4. Rockets, Nets, and Mavs
ESPN.com's Jemele Hill voted for the Dallas Mavericks, under new coach Rick Carlisle:
I picked Dallas because they've gotten progressively worse since the 2006 Finals. The Mavs went from a team contending for the top seed to somewhere between a 6-8 seed. The next plateau for them is to not make the playoffs at all, which is at least a possibility with the competitive West and emerging teams like Portland and the Clippers. As we've seen, 50 wins is almost a starting point in the West.
Add in the fact they have Jason Kidd, an underrated coach killer, an antsy Mark Cuban ...
Carlisle has an awful reputation for his relationship with players. I was in Detroit when that thing went sour and I was not at all surprised the same thing happened at Indiana.
Kidd doesn't like to be questioned. He basically likes to be the coach and Carlisle's an alpha male. Again, if they start middling, Carlisle will be an easy target. At this point, Cuban has made trades, he's replaced two coaches, the only move he has left is to do a drastic breakup of the team because they aren't getting anywhere.
Interesting that the focus here is on Kidd and not Howard. I really dont see Kidd being the problem. I want to believe Rick was brought in with the understanding that he was to allow Kidd to do his thing, and as long as we dont see him trying to take that away from Kidd, I dont foresee any problems.
Who knows though, this is another one of the many questions that will only be answered once the season starts.