2016 was an amazing year for sports as teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Cubs won championships. However, there were also that failed to live up to their hype so here is SportsRageous’ list of the five most disappointing teams of the year starring the Golden State Warriors that blew a 3-1 lead.
5. Houston Astros, MLB
The Astros were supposed to be the Cubs of the American League. However, they started the 2016 MLB season slow before gaining momentum in July. They were poised to make the playoffs but they went cold towards the end of the season and finished with a record of 84-78.
4. Washington Capitals, NHL
The Capitals won their second President’s Trophy in franchise history last season after going earning 120 points. They were the clear favorites to win the Stanley Cup but they faltered in the playoffs. They lost in the second round to the eventual champions, Pittsburgh Penguins, in six games.
3. Arizona Diamondbacks, MLB
After making a couple of big moves in the offseason, the Diamondbacks were poised to become one of the best teams in baseball. However, $200M man Zack Greinke flopped in his first year in Arizona while Shelby Miller, who was acquired for top prospect Danby Swanson, was the worst pitcher in baseball. The Diamondbacks finished the season with a record of 69-93.
2. Carolina Panthers, NFL
The Panthers rolled through teams on their way to Super Bowl 50. However, they flopped in the championship game as the Denver Broncos won the championship. Heading into the 2016-17 NFL season, the Panthers were favorites once again but they came back to Earth with a record of 6-9 with one game remaining.
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1. Golden State Warriors, NBA
The Golden State Warriors had the greatest regular season in NBA history as they won 73 games. They were even on the brink of their second consecutive title but the Cleveland Cavaliers came back from 3-1 series lead to win their first ever NBA championship. Nevertheless, the Warriors signed Kevin Durant in the offseason and they head into 2017 as the favorites to take the title from the Cavs.
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