Surprise! The Dallas Mavericks, much maligned for their inability to land a marquee free agent, might actually be a playoff team in 2013-14.
They're not alone in their capacity to exceed the expectations of their fans next year, either. Both the Portland Trail Blazers and the Boston Celtics might actually be halfway decent as well.
On the other end of the spectrum, there are a couple of NBA squads that are going to be stunningly bad. The Philadelphia 76ers, for example, are going to shock their supporters with a performance so wholly inept, it'll make Sixers fans long for the relative glory days of Doug Collins and Jrue Holiday.
And the Los Angeles Lakers, eternally supported by a fanbase that has been historically conditioned to believe the playoffs are possible no matter what, are primed to disappoint more than they did a year ago.
There are sure to be plenty of unforeseen twists next year, but the following teams are most likely to surprise—for better or for worse.