With the NBA draft lottery comes a renewed sense of optimism for many teams. If the right combination of ping-pong balls is drawn, a franchise that is a perennial also-ran can quickly become one of the better and more exciting teams in the Association.
This year is no different. The 2012 NBA draft appears to have one of the deepest classes in recent memory, and virtually every team in the lottery should quickly reap the benefits from the player (or players) they select in the top 14.
As a result of either their record or their shrewd personnel moves, some teams have a leg up on the competition long before any selections have been made. So, with the draft a month away, let's take a look at five teams with the most to gain on June 28.