While the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat battle for basketball supremacy, the rest of the NBA is back at their drawing boards conjuring up ways to improve this offseason. For a handful of those teams, the need to get everything right this summer is stronger than in previous years.
It isn't very often that the stars align like they will this summer. This year's draft is projected to be the strongest and deepest it's been in quite some time. Meanwhile, depending on who decides to opt out, free agency could be equally as impactful.
For those handful of teams, desperation has set in. This has to be the year that they make the most of the talent that's up for grabs and turn things around. Quite frankly, these teams can't afford to miss during the offseason.
A couple things to keep in mind before we go forward. Some of the teams on this list are in the market for a new head coach. That decision isn't being factored into this piece. This is strictly about each team's need to get things right in trades, free agency and the draft.
As always, crowd participation is encouraged. If there's a team you feel missed the cut, or if you want to plead your case for why your team shouldn't be on here, feel free to drop a line down in the comments section.