This 2012-13 season several teams in the NBA are emerging from years of mediocrity to stake their claim as legitimate competitors and contenders in this league.
These teams have endured many years of painful rebuilding. Some still need more work to fully claim their spots as contenders. That work means a needed trade, possibly the right free agent signing, or simply letting their current rosters mature.
Nonetheless, the groundwork has been laid and the heavy-lifting for the most part is complete. These are the teams that give hope to currently despondent fan bases that one day their GM and owner will make the right moves. Lady Luck indeed will wink at them a time or two.
So without further ado, here are the NBA teams on the brink of contention.