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2012 NBA Offseason: How Every Non-Playoff in the NBA Can Get There Next Season

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2012 NBA Offseason: How Every Non-Playoff in the NBA Can Get There Next Season
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For fans of teams languishing in the lottery, the NBA regular season can often seem like an exercise in masochism.

Every night you watch, hoping beyond hope that your ragtag group scrappers could somehow sneak into the playoffs.  When they don't, you get angry and have armchair thoughts like, "Well, why the hell can't we have LeBron James?!  Fire the general manager!"

Of course, we don't ever verbalize these irrational internal diatribes because we don't want to look like buffoons.  But there is something fascinating about even the craziest ways your team could make "the leap."

But we'll try staying grounded in reality here.  Follow along to see how all the lottery teams could find themselves in the 2013 NBA playoffs... 

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