5 NBA Teams That Are Stuck in the Middle with No Clear Direction

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5 NBA Teams That Are Stuck in the Middle with No Clear Direction
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The worst place to be in the NBA is that nether region between having a chance to win a title and having a chance to win the lottery.

The NBA is a talent-driven league. If you’re a team that is a true contender, you already have the elite players that can push you to a championship.

If you’re bad enough, you can win the NBA lottery. Sure, there needs to be a little luck and patience involved, but at least you have a chance.

But middling teams get middling free agents and middling lottery picks. The best way to stay average in this league is to be content to be average. If you’re average, get better or get worse, just don’t stay the same.

Some teams, due to a variety of reasons, are bound to mediocrity over the next few seasons. They either think they’re better than they are or they don’t have the means to improve.

These are teams that are locks to rank between the 11th- and 20th- “best” teams in the NBA over the next five years. They won’t win the lottery, and they won’t make it past the first round of the playoffs.

They are ranked according to the certainty they won’t stray out of that range.

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