Predicting Next Season's NBA Sleeper Teams

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Predicting Next Season's NBA Sleeper Teams
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This NBA offseason produced a number of shockers—none bigger than LeBron James' return to the Cleveland Cavaliers—but the basketball surprises won't be restricted to the summer.

The six teams on this list are well positioned to shatter expectations, whether that's a "good team" producing greatness or a lost cause still producing in the absence of hope.

The checklist for making a good sleeper and the reasons these clubs fit the category differ on a case-by-case basis. 

Some spent the summer getting healthy, but their lack of splashy acquisitions kept them off the front page. Others swung for the fences and missed, then patched in their roster holes with a Plan B approach that might be preferable to Plan A.

Another is rebounding from a disastrous 2013-14 season, which warped people's perception of how good it can be and pulled attention away from impactful moves on and off the court.

This group could be light on championship contenders—only three of these teams made the playoffs last season, none securing better than a No. 7 seed—but it's high on potential. Or higher than most might realize, at least.

For the savvy investors of the basketball world, these are six stocks worth buying for the 2014-15 season.

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