The Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers enter the 2012-13 season as the three NBA championship favorites, but roughly 20 other teams have realistic playoff aspirations heading into the season.
You've got the usual suspects, like the Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets. You've got potential newcomers (aka, teams that didn't make the playoffs last season) like the New Jersey Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors or Golden State Warriors.
Of course, not every team can be as fortunate.
The eight teams featured in this slideshow won't be heading into 2012-13 thinking playoffs. Instead, they'll have their eyes locked on the 2013 NBA draft lottery, fully expecting to jockey for a top-10 pick this season.
These are the eight NBA teams thinking about the 2013 draft nine months in advance.