The 2012-13 NBA season is full of hope and expectations—for most teams, anyway. Of course, falling apart in the regular season and failing to make the playoffs has its own rewards: It means a ticket to the 2013 NBA Lottery.
The current 2013 class isn’t getting the respect that the 2012 class did, but it’s still a group of promising young players. Are there any future superstars in the mix? For the sake of the cellar dwellers next year, we’d better hope so.
We haven’t played a minute of NBA action yet, so it’s impossible to write off any team for a playoff spot. Fourteen teams will, in the end, be on the outside looking in—at least, until the lottery happens.
Let’s take a look at the fourteen teams who will be in the 2013 lottery.