Every NBA fan enters a new season with preconceived notions about most of the teams. There are the teams that dominate per usual, like the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder, and then there are the Charlotte Bobcats and Sacramento Kings who are lottery-bound from the start.
Then there are the teams that everybody overlooks, and we are thus forced to pay for our ignorance. As a New York Knicks fan, I have twice had to feel the wrath of the Houston Rockets this season. Their offense is finally clicking, and they could mean business down the stretch.
The Golden State Warriors have also been one of these teams, coming out of nowhere to be a force in the Western Conference this season. Their offense and defense have finally formed a strong, cohesive unit, and they could definitely make a statement come the playoffs.
That said, as the year 2013 approaches, it's safe to say that a small handful of teams will no longer be underestimated for the rest of the season. The elite now know that these scrappy squads are not to be tangled with, lest they want a major upset on their hands.