16 teams go to the NBA Playoffs each year. The other 14 go into the lottery hoping to get lucky with the ping pong balls.
Last season, the Bulls, the Heat, and the Blazers returned to the post-season after all three participated in the Derrick Rose-sweepstakes as lottery teams during the 2008 draft.
Chicago got Rose and nearly knocked-off the defending champion Celtics in the first round.
Those three teams replaced the Raptors, the Nets, and the Warriors in the playoffs from the previous season.
This year, three 2008-09 playoffs teams will return to the lottery in hopes of nabbing John Wall, or Ed Davis, or whoever ends up as the top pick in next year's draft, while three lottery teams elevate their games to a post-season level.
Up first, a team whose time has come and gone, representing a city whose time has come and gone: