Magic Johnson gave his inputs on who he thinks are the three disappointing teams in the first half of the 2020-2021 campaign.
NBA teams shouldn’t really pay much attention to negativities given to them. When a Hall of Famer calls your team a disappointment, the team should take it as motivation.
The league is approaching its halfway mark for the 2020-2021 campaign. There has been a rough idea established on which teams are the title-contenders, which teams are the underdogs and which teams have underperformed.
On Tuesday morning, the 12-time All-Star went on Twitter and mentioned three teams – Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks and Milwaukee Bucks. He tweeted why they have been disappointing and mentioned:
“The biggest disappointments this season so far have been the Celtics, Mavericks, and the Bucks. The Celtics lack size, the Mavericks are not a great defensive team, and the Bucks are slow and unathletic.”
‘These teams lack size, defensive ability and pace’: Magic Johnson on the Bucks, Celtics and Mavs
The 5-time NBA champion Johnson mentioned how the Boston Celtics lacked size. Despite the All-Star calibre duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, the Celtics have been underperforming. The Celtics had injury problems during the start of the season, but seem to have all their key players healthy. Boston currently has a subpar 15-15 record to place them sixth on the Eastern Conference.
Another big team that Johnson termed as ‘disappointment’ was the Giannis-led Milwaukee Bucks. Earvin stated that the Bucks are not fast-paced and athletic as they should’ve been. Despite having the back-to-back MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks with an 18-13 record, have seemed to underwhelm this year.
The biggest disappointments this season so far have been the Celtics, Mavericks, and the Bucks. The Celtics lack size, the Mavericks are not a great defensive team, and the Bucks are slow and unathletic.
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) February 23, 2021
The last team the 61-year-old attacked was the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks are placed at a poor 27th position in defensive efficiency. Magic Johnson rightfully criticised the team’s inability to play defense. For them, scoring the ball hasn’t been the problem with Luka Doncic orchestrating the offense.
All these three have found themselves to be at places where they wouldn’t want to be. Although, the 72-game season is just about to reach its halfway mark. All teams in the league still have ample time to turn around the narrative and bring out their best to find themselves in a position where they always envisioned.