Ranking the 7 Most Volatile Teams in the NBA

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Ranking the 7 Most Volatile Teams in the NBA
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Streakiness is a staple of the NBA. As anyone well-versed in NBA Jam knows, a player can have a blazing-hot hand one moment and need a GPS to find the bucket the next. Basketball on the whole is a game of runs, in which teams rip off points in bunches between long scoring droughts.

It only figures, then, that teams would be prone to such volatility. Roster changes, injuries, tough schedules and peculiar playing styles can and often do contribute to squads looking like title contenders one night and lottery-bound bums the next.

Very few teams in the league (i.e. the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Memphis Grizzlies and the San Antonio Spurs) have been consistently solid (if not excellent) through the first quarter of the 2012-13 campaign. Those at the other end of the spectrum, where playoff dreams are already dead and gone, are much easier to spot in the standings.

These seven teams, though, have thus far performed as though they're dealing with split personalities, be it during or between games.

*All stats current as of Dec. 5

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