Playoff ETAs for Every NBA Lottery Team

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Playoff ETAs for Every NBA Lottery Team
Predicting playoff returns for some of these teams takes balls. (Courtesy of Mark Duncan / Associated Press)

For the lottery-bound NBA teams, the future holds promise in varying degrees.

There are some squads who but for the sake of injury or whims of fate might be playing into May right now. There are those who are positioning themselves for a playoff run in a couple of years. And then there are the few for whom April is going to mean early vacation for a long, long time.

My late father used to say the only thing one can really ask of their sports franchise is to be competitive. In that spirit, my ETAs will predict when each respective franchise will compete for a playoff spot, rather than actually secure one.

After all, nothing is guaranteed in this world—except, of course, an Orlando Magic number one overall pick. (Just kidding, David Stern...I think...)

Check out how long your team has until May becomes meaningful.

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