6 Underachieving NBA Franchises Breaking Through in 2012-13

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6 Underachieving NBA Franchises Breaking Through in 2012-13
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Every NBA season is filled with surprises.

Exhibit A: The Los Angeles Lakers added Dwight Howard and Steve Nash during the summer. At this moment, they are sitting below .500 and outside the West's playoff bracket.

Surprise!

Exhibit B: The Los Angeles Clippers added Lamar Odom, Matt Barnes and a still-injured Grant Hill. They're sitting atop the Western Conference. The Clippers. In first place.

Surprise!

The Lakers' relative demise is shocking, but the Clippers' rise, to this degree is perhaps even more unexpected. Los Angeles' other team is one of several NBA clubs to shake off years, even decades, of malaise to storm up the standings this season.

Not all of these surprise squads are title contenders, to be sure. However, they're giving their respective fanbases hope for a brighter tomorrow after so many dreary yesterdays. From coast to coast, here are the franchises that deserve a toast for their turnarounds this season.

*All statistical information via basketball-reference.com and accurate as of 12:00 pm Eastern Time, Jan. 8, 2013*

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