Predicting the Most Improved NBA Teams for the Upcoming Season

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Predicting the Most Improved NBA Teams for the Upcoming Season
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Anthony Davis and Al Jefferson should help key two major turnarounds this coming season.

The offseason has a funny way of establishing hope in even the most moribund NBA franchises.

It's the time of year when "the roster looks great on paper!" becomes an operative phrase. It's when best-case scenarios reign supreme and when most teams seem to have an easy route to a playoff spot or a 50-win season. (See: Anthony, Carmelo.)

Once the 2014-15 season actually begins, of course, a litany of injuries, boneheaded plays and soul-crushing last-second losses will damper much of that enthusiasm. The basketball gods are often cruel, fickle beasts.

A number of teams have legitimate reason to be thinking big this coming season, though. Thanks to some combination of internal improvement, external additions (via the draft, free agency or trades) and the weakening of divisional foes, these squads are poised to significantly improve upon their 2013-14 records.

Based on those factors, here's a look at which teams will undergo the biggest turnarounds this upcoming season.

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