Iconic NBA Franchises That Have Fallen on Hard Times

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Iconic NBA Franchises That Have Fallen on Hard Times
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The more things change, the more they stay the same...unless they actually do change. Such are the fortunes of some iconic NBA franchises which have fallen on hard times over the last few years.

These teams were once perennial contenders, and now they’re ranging from also-rans to not-even-rans to in the running for the most lottery balls.

For some of them, the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t far off. For others, they could very well be in the lottery five years from now.

Here are the teams, ranked according to how far the mighty have fallen. Where they started, where they are now, and how far they have to go to regain past glory all factored in.

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