Basketball pundits have encouraged a hysteria with their obsession over the growing talent gap in the NBA.
It isn't an erroneous observation. But this isn't a new phenomenon either.
Half of the 66 NBA championships awarded to date have been won by two franchises: the Celtics (17) and the Lakers (16). Add the Bulls (six) and the Spurs (four) to the discussion and these four franchises have accounted for over 65 percent of the titles won in league history.
But that also fails to mention just how quickly a team can transform into a contender.
With only five players on the floor at once, it doesn't take too many good draft picks to pluck a team from the league's cellar and place them among the elite.
The Minnesota Timberwolves, who employ two of the premier young stars in today's game, snapped the Oklahoma City Thunder's 12-game winning streak with a 99-93 victory over the reigning Western Conference champions on December 21.
But Minnesota is just one of a handful of teams with tantalizing, youthful talent ready to challenge the traditional powers of the NBA.
*Teams had to meet two criteria for this list: 1) have a winning record; 2) have an average age of their starting lineup under 26 years old.
**All statistics used in this article accurate as of 12/20/2012.