NBA Playoffs 2012: Which Cast-off Team Would You Rather Be This Offseason?

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NBA Playoffs 2012: Which Cast-off Team Would You Rather Be This Offseason?
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With the Thunder set to face the Heat in the NBA finals which playoff cast-off team would you rather be if you could not be in the finals?

The NBA Finals matchup is set with the Miami Heat facing the Oklahoma City Thunder in what will most likely become the most-watched NBA Finals in the 21st century. You have arguably the NBA's two best players squaring off in LeBron James and Kevin Durant. And not to be outdone, this NBA Finals will also feature four of the top 25 players in the league: Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Russell Westbrook and James Harden.

It is the best of the best that the NBA has to offer.

Now that I have your attention. I do not want to discuss the teams that made it to the big showdown just yet. I would like to focus on some of the teams that did not make it.

Watching Game 7 between the Boston Celtics and the Heat, I began to think, like many others, "What Celtics team will we see next season? What does their future hold?"

Those thoughts were sparked by a conversation that my friends and I have had, which began during the first round of the NBA p/layoffs. During that time, the Heat had just finished off the New York Knicks, and the Chicago Bulls were scuffling against the Philadelphia 76ers minus an injured Derrick Rose.

We all raised a question: Which team would you rather have in the future? Two storied franchises with seemingly more questions than answers.  

Time to expand the conversation and look at five NBA teams, all of which are rich in tradition and all are entering the offseason after suffering from bitter playoff defeats.

Which team would you rather be going forward?


Follow me on Twitter @ernestshepard.

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