5 Good NBA Teams That Will Never Be Great

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5 Good NBA Teams That Will Never Be Great
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The Bulls need Derrick Rose back at full strength for a chance at the title.

In the NBA, there are elite teams, lottery teams and everyone in between. You want to avoid being "in between."

Some observers insist that—sick of laboring in the middle—the Golden State Warriors conveniently lost a bunch of games in the 2011-12 season. In turn, they drafted Harrison Barnes and have climbed into this year's Western Conference playoff picture.

The elite teams include perennial title contenders like the Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat. The fringe championship-caliber teams are a little harder to distinguish.

The five teams in this slideshow are perennial playoff contenders, but they don't have the necessary means to make it to the big stage of the NBA Finals. Such glaring weaknesses can range from lack of shooting to injuries, defense or just being in the wrong conference. 

All of these teams have had playoff wins in recent seasons and are currently experiencing regular-season success, but their odds of becoming great don't stack up against other top-tier squads. 

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