Predicting the Most and Least Improved NBA Teams for 2014-15 Season

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Predicting the Most and Least Improved NBA Teams for 2014-15 Season
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From spawning championship dreams to dashing playoff hopes, the 2014 NBA offseason produced some dramatically different results depending on which of the 30 unique lenses it was viewed through.

For a lot of clubs, this summer didn't move the needle significantly in one direction or the other. Some got a little better, while others got a little worse, but most emerged with the same forecast they had upon entering it.

Those are not the teams that will be discussed here.

This group of risers and fallers features a collection of six franchises headed in opposite directions.

Free-agent finds, player development and respite from some bitter attacks of the injury bug vaulted three of them up the league's pecking order. The remaining three saw their stocks plummet as personnel casualties decimated their talent bases.

As the start of the 2014-15 season creeps closer, these are six franchise fortunes that are about to change—for better or worse.

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