Meet the Next Generation of NBA Title Contenders

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Meet the Next Generation of NBA Title Contenders
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James Harden and the Houston Rockets are poised to become championship contenders in the years to come.

The NBA is full of parity. Yes, the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs will long be considered title contenders, but the teams in the second tier below the favorites vary from year to year.

As things currently stand, it's looking like we'll have four new playoff teams in 2012-13, with two from each conference qualifying. 

The Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets have both rebounded from disappointing 2011-12 campaigns and find themselves grouped among the next generation of title contenders.

In the East, the Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets have emerged a year after compiling losing seasons.

They may not win titles this year, but there are several up-and-coming teams you should keep your eye on over the next few seasons.

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