Atlanta Hawks and 4 Other NBA Teams Stuck in Neutral

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Atlanta Hawks and 4 Other NBA Teams Stuck in Neutral
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There's a reason people aren't talking about teams like Atlanta and Houston – they're not going anywhere.

No-man's land. Stuck. Going nowhere.

It's a situation no team should want, yet there's a handful of NBA clubs that seem content doing just that.

Whether it's another draft lottery ticket or an early playoff exit, these teams show why consistency isn't always praiseworthy. In their respective cases, it's the opposite.

Here's a look at five teams running in place, how they got there, the main culprits and how they can get un-tracked.


  • Haven't advanced past the second round in last four years
  • Haven't had a top-five lottery pick in the last four years
  • Aren't significantly better this year


Just Missing the Cut:

  • Detroit Pistons (East Finals in 2008)
  • Phoenix Suns (West Finals in 2010)
  • Toronto Raptors (No. 5 pick in 2011)
  • Denver Nuggets (West Finals in 2009)
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