In 2013, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert swore his team wouldn't be returning to the draft lottery after winning the No. 1 overall pick. After striking gold and defying the odds two years in a row, it's all but certain that Gilbert's prediction will come true this time around.
Many of the teams that found themselves at the 2014 NBA draft lottery on Tuesday won't be so lucky, as they're more than just one piece away from contending for the playoffs. While adding a player like Joel Embiid, Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins or Dante Exum will help expedite the rebuilds of the Philadelphia 76ers and the Milwaukee Bucks, both squads appear destined for another lottery appearance in 2015.
However, some lottery squads didn't finish all that far outside the postseason in 2014. With a few minor tweaks during the offseason, they could be right back in the thick of the playoff race next year.
Here, based on their current roster construction, projected cap space and potential draft-pick selections, let's check out the five lottery teams best equipped for a quick turnaround in 2014-15, starting with the one team on everyone's lips as of late.