With the 2013-14 NBA season nearing its conclusion, we have a strong inclination as to who has a bright future ahead.
Nicely put, we can also surmise which teams don't and which are in for a bumpy road in 2014-15.
Making long-term projections can be a laborious task because winning now doesn't always equate to betterment later. Conversely, a strong 2014 draft class will help numerous franchises improve, giving them hope as early as next season.
There's no crystal ball saying who will make leaps during the summer of 2014, but knowing what we know now, we can look ahead and forecast which franchises are headed in the right direction.
*Teams are listed in order of current standings (rankings, records, standings and statistics are current as of March 12 at 2 a.m. ET).
**All information regarding draft picks is courtesy of RealGM.