The NBA season is nearly 25 percent in the books, and it's evident which teams are the contenders, the pretenders and the bottom feeders.
While teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat have established themselves as the class of the league, there are quite a few teams that are already looking forward to next season.
Some teams are filled with potential. They are equipped with promising young players but just aren't ready to enter the ranks of the big boys yet.
While no franchise should ever consider tanking games, especially this early in the season, it's pretty clear which struggling teams are going to continue to struggle for the remainder of the year.
Certain teams know they have budding talent or upcoming high draft picks, meaning that the future is something they look forward to a lot more than teams who are currently in the mix for a championship.
With the future comes hope. Although particular teams might be struggling now, there is a good opportunity for them to improve drastically by next season.
That being said, here are five squads currently struggling that will turn it around in 2013-14.