Separating NBA Contenders and Pretenders in the 2011-12 Season

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Separating NBA Contenders and Pretenders in the 2011-12 Season
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At this point in the season, we are seeing some of the elite NBA teams create distance at the top of their conferences, as well as the weak teams struggle.

However, what about those teams sitting in the middle, or even up top, that we just aren't sold on at this point?

While some look to be showing their true colors as pretenders, the truth is the rest of these teams can be major factors come playoff time.

This list will focus on teams who were either not winners in a playoff series last year or were not considered relevant enough to draw attention.

A new year can bring much promise, so let's check out what these clubs have in store for them.

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