Ranking the Dark-Horse Candidates for the 2013 NBA Championship

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Ranking the Dark-Horse Candidates for the 2013 NBA Championship
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Playoff teams throughout the NBA can be broken into strata, the most obvious being contenders and pretenders.

Under those vague umbrellas we can break teams down further. There are hopefuls (Brooklyn Nets), long shots (Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers) and favorites (Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder). 

Then come the dark horses—the contenders that border on elite status who continue to be overlooked.

Every postseason we see one or two squads come out of nowhere to make deep runs, but as it turns out, those teams were making a strong case for the majority of the regular season. We just choose to overlook their accomplishments.

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