But we wont be 'just' missing the playoffs. To sniff the playoffs in the west means that the team has to have two things:
1. Capability of playing defense on the opposing team.
2. All-stars to carry the team.
We have neither. Just a bunch of young guys with potential that we probably wont see for at least another 2 years. We likely wont be sniffing top 3 anymore (please god), but we'll be in the mix for a top 10 pick in 2019.
Over the next two years we will push for a play-off spot.
Next year, we won't make the playoffs, but our pick will likely be around 6-8, which is not that sexy. Additionally, we know we don't have it and we don't have to think about losing. We also don't have to make contingency plans.
But hey, if I'm wrong and we are still bad next year and the year after that, then we have another lottery pick waiting for us in 2019.
Personally, I believe the worst is behind us. And I'm not gong to sit her and debate the future. We just have to see how it plays out.