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What the Cleveland Cavaliers Can Learn from the NBA's Top Teams
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When looking at some of the NBA's top teams today, it's unique to see the different ways they've been assembled and how they've risen to elite status.

Teams like the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics were built on free agency and trades, while smaller market clubs like the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs have chosen to build through the draft.

Cleveland is unique in the way that, while they're considered to be a small market franchise, they have an owner in Dan Gilbert who has shown he's been willing to spend money in order to win.

So what's the best path for the Cavs? As their season comes to a disappointing end, what can they learn from some of the NBA's best?

Here are five teams the Cavaliers can learn something from while trying to build a championship contender.

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