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Former NBA Weaklings Who Became Playoff Contenders This Offseason
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For a handful of NBA teams, there was a changing of the guards, forwards and/or centers during the offseason, and it'll lead to a changing of the guard when the 2014 postseason rolls around. 

These five squads all added enough talent or filled in the proper holes, and now they're set to transition from the weaklings of the Association into legitimate playoff contenders. Only the top three in the rankings will actually have a chance to play past the 82nd game of the regular season, but all five will be in the hunt. 

It's worth noting that the Portland Trail Blazers will not be featured in this article because they weren't NBA bottom-feeders during the 2012-13 season. Led by Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge, Rip City actually had a realistic shot at the postseason before slipping back at the end of the year. 

They're set to make it this year after adding depth across the board and landing Robin Lopez at center, but they didn't make too large of a transition. 

The same can't be said about the next five teams. 

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