NBA Teams One Player Away from Playoff Contention

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NBA Teams One Player Away from Playoff Contention
Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Of the 10 teams with the longest playoff droughts, seven will once again miss the playoffs this season.

The Golden State Warriors, Brooklyn Nets and Houston Rockets are the exceptions.

An offseason move can make the difference in another year as a lottery team or becoming the next playoff contender.

Of course, not all seeds produce flowers. Ask the Minnesota Timberwolves and Sacramento Kings, franchises that have once again failed to qualify for the postseason in what’s now nine and seven consecutive years, respectively.

But there are examples of teams that added pieces to blossom. This season has offered a few examples.

The Warriors earned their likely postseason with a mixed recipe, drafting shooters Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson and trading for David Lee and Andrew Bogut. But it's been the offseason acquisitions of Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry that will likely bring a postseason for the first time since 2007.

After missing five postseasons, Brooklyn went on a talent-collection spree this offseason, netting the biggest names to create the closest thing to a mediocre superteam as possible.

The Rockets found their superstar via trade in James Harden and threw cash at Jeremy Lin after missing three consecutive postseasons.

Not all these teams can pull off signing their premier player choice(s), but which non-playoff teams could end their drought with a simple offseason signing?

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