5 Sleeper NBA Teams That Are Proving They're for Real in 2012-13

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5 Sleeper NBA Teams That Are Proving They're for Real in 2012-13
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It may be early in the 2012-2013 season, but several teams have already emerged from the pack after strong starts to their campaigns. While some of these squads, like the Orlando Magic, may not be able to sustain this momentum for the long haul, there are a handful that may prove to be the real deal when all is said and done.

Judging from the opening week of professional basketball, there is no set formula for these squads; they include both young, emerging teams and veteran-laden rosters playing in win-now mode. The only common factor is that they are exceeding expectations and were not on many people's radars prior to the season's tipoff.

With a huge journey ahead of them between now and April, one or two of these teams may fizzle out, but do not be surprised if these five squads emerge as legitimate threats in their respective conferences over the course of the 2012-13 NBA campaign.

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