2014 NBA Lottery Teams Under Most Pressure to Make Playoffs Next Season

August 5th, 2014 by Dan Favale Leave a reply »
Not all post-lottery campaigns are created equal.

Certain NBA lottery teams prepare for their next season fully aware things aren't getting any better. Perhaps they've improved. Maybe they'll even snag a few extra wins here and there. But their relative ceiling remains the same: They're going back to the lottery.

It's not as simple for other teams, those with actual hope and expectations after making smart offseason decisions (so, not the Sacramento Kings). After one or more years of lottery-squatting, they're under pressure not only to improve, but to avoid a repeat of last season.

Another lottery berth in 2015—whether they own their first-round pick or not—is unacceptable. These lottery indwellers can continue bottom-feeding no more. 

On the heels of a disappointing season and/or significant roster upgrades, they must make something of themselves, replacing losses with wins, pessimism with hope and late-April vacations with trips to The Show.

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