5 NBA Teams That Will Be Better Than Expected in 2014-15

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5 NBA Teams That Will Be Better Than Expected in 2014-15
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Regardless of how intensely we scrutinize the ever-shifting quality levels of NBA teams, a handful will always defy perception and achieve more than observers had imagined they would.

Expectations vary depending on whom you ask, of course, but only to an extent.

The Cleveland Cavaliers just made LeBron James their future king and will eventually make Kevin Love their future power forward, per Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. Some might dub them title favorites as soon as this upcoming season; some might think they need time to coalesce as a team before receiving world-beater consideration.

Regardless, they're in the championship conversation, so saying the Cavs will win it all doesn't represent a step beyond the upper limit of that expectation.

We're here to talk about the overlooked—the squads being considered outside their proper contextwhose place in the league landscape has less to do with their own merit and more with that of bigger, starrier franchises around them.

This isn't meant as an I-told-you-so exercise if and when these teams seemingly overachieve in 2014-15. Rather, this is an opportunity to consider the way we make offseason-caliber evaluations and identify the overshadowed bright sides of these teams' future prospects.

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