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7 NBA Teams Who Are Still a Few Years Away from Being Legit Threats to the Title

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7 NBA Teams Who Are Still a Few Years Away from Being Legit Threats to the Title
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The start of every season brings with it a new sense of hope for fans of the 30 NBA teams. In reality, though, only a handful of teams have a legitimate shot at winning a championship each year, while everyone else is playing catch-up.

The latter group is comprised of three tiers. There are the teams that are knee-deep into rebuilding mode with no signs of emerging anytime soon (Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic). There are the once-proud franchises that currently find themselves on the decline due to age or a mass exodus of talent (Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks).

Then there are those teams that are right on the cusp of joining the elite. They may be a couple years away from being viable title threats, but they have already laid the groundwork to become potential contenders.

This third tier is comprised of seven teams. Let's delve into what makes this faction so promising and what is hindering its road to stardom. 

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