5 NBA Teams Guaranteed to Tank in 2013

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5 NBA Teams Guaranteed to Tank in 2013
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Arron Afflalo

Despite the NBA’s contentions to the contrary, tanking is something that has become a part of its culture.

With the league's new economic era upon us and most owners watching their bottom lines closer than ever before, the formula to building a winner—while remaining cost effective—has never been clearer.

It starts and ends with draft picks.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are the model franchise for those wanting to build a winning program organically. Small-market teams must rely on their scouting departments to find them winners, but having early draft picks is key. 

Cashing in on high lottery picks is why teams tank. Here are five franchises that will do exactly that in 2013.

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