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NBA Rebuilding Projects That Are Right on Track
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The worst place an NBA team can be is the dreaded "middle," which is why there's no shame in what the Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers (to name a few) are doing to bottom out and start over.

No two rebuilding efforts are exactly alike—they're kind of like snowflakes that way—but a hasty tear-down job without a coherent plan can leave teams out in the cold for years at a time.

Some teams never figure out the best way to engineer a quick demolition, as sentiment and a fear of fan backlash can prevent a full commitment to starting over. Others struggle to begin the construction process intelligently by making shrewd draft picks. Still more fail to carry out that final step by spending too quickly on non-transformative players.

And in the case of the Charlotte Bobcats, well...all of the above screw-ups apply.

A quick scan through the NBA teams in various stages of successful rebuilds shows there are lots of ways to go from bottom to top without spending too much time in the middle.

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