Simply put, there are a handful of NBA teams that are better off tanking the 2012-13 season. For a variety of reasons, these are teams that have no realistic chance of moving up the NBA pile in their current incarnations.
Some of these teams have lost their star player and center-piece, needing to rebuild from the ground up. Others have had a forgettable off-season and have failed to make a large stride forward in the draft and at the trade table. While for others, well, they are just simply bad. Horrible in fact.
In today's NBA, if you're not contending you may as well be losing. It really is that simple. Keeping your head above water and remaining in the playoff hunt may be admirable for teams with mediocre talent stocks, but it's simply not the way to move forward if you're serious about winning a championship.
With teams such as the Lakers, Heat and Thunder being stacked with elite talent, it's plain foolish to believe that a roster without significant star-power is capable of genuinely contending.
With that being the case, there are a number of NBA teams that can forget about winning, and focus on acquiring elite talent in the next NBA draft.
Here's five of them.