3 teams that will miss the NBA playoffs after making it to the postseason last year

Memphis Grizzlies v Atlanta Hawks

Every year, there are teams that drop out of the playoff picture after making it to the postseason the season before.

With all the signings and trades of big-name players this offseason, the landscape of the NBA has quickly changed, so the playoff picture is sure to be a little different, too.

Though teams like the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers aren't in any danger of missing the postseason, other teams aren't so lucky.

With guys like Paul George, Jimmy Butler, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Kyrie Irving, Dwight Howard, Gordon Hayward, Paul Millsap and many others changing teams this summer, it should be an exciting regular season.

However, while some teams have gotten much better, others have taken a major step back.

Here are three teams that won't make the playoffs this year after playing in the postseason last year:

Chicago Bulls v Toronto Raptors

Chicago Bulls

The Bulls are in for a drastic change this year. After squeaking into the playoffs with a 41-41 record last season, the Bulls have a realistic chance of finishing with the NBA's worst record this year.

Chicago parted ways with Jimmy Butler, Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade this offseason and didn't bring in much new talent.

Therefore, this team doesn't have much motivation to win, as this year is the last year where tanking will be rewarded.

It's safe to say the Bulls will have their sights set on the No. 1 pick in the next NBA Draft, so they should finish nowhere near the postseason this time around.

Atlanta Hawks v Charlotte Hornets

Atlanta Hawks

Two offseasons ago, the Hawks lost Al Horford and Kyle Korver, but still managed to make the 2017 postseason as the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference.

This offseason, though, they also lost star forward Paul Millsap and center Dwight Howard, which will make another playoff run much tougher.

With teams like the Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers all improving this summer, the Hawks will find it much more difficult to hold onto their playoff spot when the 2018 postseason rolls around.

Memphis Grizzlies v Atlanta Hawks

Memphis Grizzlies

The Grizzlies lost star forward Zach Randolph this offseason, but they still have a nice team, built around point guard Mike Conley and center Marc Gasol.

However, they've been passed over by several other teams in the Western Conference, as the Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves and New Orleans Pelicans will be gunning for a playoff spot in the conference.

The Grizzlies should still be a competitive squad, but that might not be enough to qualify for postseason play this season.

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