ETA for Every NBA Team Realistically Contending for a Title

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ETA for Every NBA Team Realistically Contending for a Title
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

In the world of the NBA, nothing is as satisfying as a title and a chance to proudly hold up the Larry O'Brien Trophy.

Each team has an ETA for its next realistic shot at a championship, but not all of those ETAs lead to the title arriving on time. 

So, what's a good estimated time of arrival for each of the 30 teams in the league? To answer the question, I've broken the league down into three tiers. 

The first tier is comprised of the eight teams that could win a championship at the end of the 2012-13 season. They all have an ETA of just one year, as each squad is fully capable of realizing its dreams once the current regular season and subsequent postseason draw to a close. 

Second is a tier comprised of 10 teams. These franchises won't have much of a shot at a championship in 2012-13, but each of them is uniquely qualified to take home the title in the two-to-three years following. They have a solid number of building blocks, but a few more pieces are necessary. 

The third tier, which you don't really want your team to be in, is populated by 12 squads. Appropriately labeled "It's Going to Be a While," this grouping contains the franchises that won't be holding any hardware for at least four more seasons.

These ETAs are optimistic for the most part. They just aren't too optimistic. 

It's also important to note that no team has an ETA of more than five years. Of course, all 30 teams can't win titles in just five years, but it would be foolish to count any of the franchises in the Association out of the championship picture for a longer amount of time. 

Five years is a long period. A lot can change. If the Boston Celtics can win a title just one year removed from a season-long stretch of futility in 2006-07 that left them with a 24-58 record, then anything can happen in five years. 

To find out which tier your favorite team falls into, read on. 


Note: All stats are current through Monday, Dec. 17. 

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