7 NBA Teams Ready to Take the Next Step This Season

October 29th, 2015 by Vanessa de Beaumont Leave a reply »
On the road to improvement, it's a well-known fact that some Eastern Conference teams, such as the Miami Heat, will face far fewer struggles than the Western Conference's Memphis Grizzlies purely because of their immediate competition—something that has nearly as great an effect on a team's probability of success as the talent on the roster. Because (or in spite) of both factors, seven teams in particular will take big steps forward in the 2015-2016 NBA season.

Many teams have made valuable additions through the draft or free agency in their pursuit to gain an extra edge, but all will turn to one player to make a crucial difference in their season.

Those projected improvements were evaluated by the size of the team's leap, as well as its ability to challenge its conference's incumbents and its proximity to the postseason promised land.

Check out this year's crop of rising teams and be on the lookout for them at the end of the regular season.

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