This NBA season has brought new energy to the regular season. The new Play-In tournament and the rise of new teams (the Knicks are good now, wut ?!) made it one of the most fascinating NBA regular seasons in recent memory..
Now is the time for the playoffs. And with the Play-Ins right around the corner, it’s time for us to take a closer look at the potential newcomers you might see in the playoffs for the first time in a long time. For other organizations (Cough, Sacramento), the long wait will last at least a year.
So we’ve decided to look at which entrants (5 East, 2 West) can end their long playoff droughts this season and have a chance to compete for an NBA title in an open season. Some of these teams will have to come out of the Play-In round first to count as a “playoff appearance,” but you know how it goes: baby steps.