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Ranking the Biggest Sleeper NBA Teams Entering 2013-14 Season

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Ranking the Biggest Sleeper NBA Teams Entering 2013-14 Season
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Finding wiggle room in the NBA league standings is about as easy finding great value in the free-agent market.

It's not entirely impossible, but happens about as often as a Zach Randolph slam.

Some teams fail to live up to their preseason hype (see: 2012-13 Los Angeles Lakers). Others refuse to be written off, even while pundits keep predicting their demise (see: San Antonio Spurs, any season).

But every once in a while, a team (or two) surges out of its slumber and dramatically outperforms expectations. Mediocre teams crash playoff parties. Postseason hopefuls turn championship contenders.

The 2013-14 season has a number of those sleeping giants coasting below the radar. All of them should start making postseason plans, and the best should pack for a lengthy stay.

These six clubs won't start the year to a lot of fanfare, but don't be surprised when each goes out with a resounding bang.

 

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