The Only Legit NBA Title Contenders

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The Only Legit NBA Title Contenders
USA TODAY Sports

Oftentimes, fans and analysts bestow the label of "elite" upon players and teams that have reached a tier of greatness. The fact of the matter is, there are few teams in the NBA that actually fit such a billing.

The following slides will define those teams—the only legitimate title contenders in the NBA.

This is not to say that other teams cannot reach this level, but instead to honor the facts. It is about more than a win-loss record or the promise of young stars.

Come the postseason, there is a formula for success. Not every team fits such a rare classification.

The question is, who does?

 

All statistics are accurate as of January 23, 2013. Advanced Statistics via ESPN.

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