It doesn't take a genius to figure out that LeBron James and the Miami Heat are a pretty safe "buy" when it comes to NBA playoff contention this year. We've seen enough in half a season to know that it'd take some kind of catastrophic natural disaster to keep LBJ and his squad out of the postseason.
The same goes for Kevin Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder, as well as a handful of other "sure things."
But around here, we're all about being thorough. So we're going to parse out every single NBA team's chances as a playoff contender. We won't be tossing out some half-cocked percentage or any sort of odds, though.
Instead, we're simply going to "buy" or "sell" each of the league's clubs. It'll be simple, a few feelings might get hurt on the "sell" side and some of the verdicts are going to be blatantly obvious. (Hint: The Washington Wizards probably aren't going to fare well in our analysis).
Don't worry, though; we've got a few shakeups to the current playoff picture, too. So you might be surprised to find that we think there are a few teams poised to shoot up or fall down the current standings.
Let's break down which teams to buy and which teams to sell as playoff contenders this year, shall we?
*All stats accurate through games played Jan. 21, 2013