5 NBA Sleeper Teams That Will Contend in 2012-2013

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5 NBA Sleeper Teams That Will Contend in 2012-2013
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The Nuggets, now with Iguodala leading the defense, could be a sleeper to watch out West.

When you aren't a team like Miami, with its two superstars and two other big-time, big-name guys, you're chances to win a title decrease.

The same goes for not being the Lakers, with their two hammer-lock Hall of Famers playing alongside a couple of other dudes who could very well follow them straight to Springfield.

Or the Thunder, who have two of the 10 best players in the league, both of them under 25 years old, and a couple more studs right behind them.

There are a handful of other teams who could well be considered legit championship contenders. The Celtics, the Spurs—even maybe, possibly, the Clippers fit that bill.

And there are also plenty of also-rans, teams that for whatever reason—be it that they're too young, too old or too lousy—who have no chance.

But in between lie the sleepers, the teams with enough to maybe pull a proverbial rabbit out of the hat if everything breaks their way at just the right time.

Here's a look at a few of those squads, the ones laying low, waiting for a chance to pounce when no one expects it.

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