Rebuilding to-Do Lists for NBA Teams Eliminated from Playoff Race

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Rebuilding to-Do Lists for NBA Teams Eliminated from Playoff Race
STEVE DYKES/Associated Press

It's nearly playoff time in the NBA. Teams are scrambling for postseason positions, and fans across the country are checking potential first-round matchups.

And then there are the other guys.

Five teams have already been eliminated from postseason contention as of Thursday: the Sacramento Kings, Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks. 

These teams stretch from sea to shining sea. They include a marquee franchise only four years removed from an NBA title (Los Angeles) and a team that narrowly avoided moving to Seattle last season (Sacramento). But this motley crew shares one thing in common: They'll all be watching the playoffs from home.

As these teams look to the future, lets take a look at what each team needs to do in order to contend down the road.

 

*Unless otherwise noted, all statistics are courtesy of Basketball-Reference.

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