The NBA playoffs are nearly set as the regular season draws to a close. Many NBA teams who are left out of this year’s playoff picture or have no shot at winning will actually be viable contenders next season.
Certain teams like Dallas and Boston are clearly getting older and older, and these runs may be their last ones with their current makeups. Younger, hungrier teams are ready to take their places as perennial contenders.
Here are five teams that may be under the radar now, but won’t be at all next season.