NBA Predictions: Surprise Teams That Will Make Playoff Runs

October 27th, 2012 by Jeremy Fuchs Leave a reply »
Every year, some team comes out of nowhere and surprises the basketball world by reaching the playoffs. These teams, pegged for the lottery before the season, defy expectations and make the playoffs.

This year will be no different. Which teams will come out of nowhere and make the playoffs? We give you some candidates. 


Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland has developed a nice stable of talent. Led by Kyrie Irving, who won the Rookie of the Year, the Cavs could take a leap forward this season.

Irving will be joined by an explosive scorer in Dion Waiters, their first-round pick this year. That will take some pressure off of Irving. Tristan Thompson should take a leap forward, and the addition of a steady center in Tyler Zeller will stabilize the defense.

Yes, they're young. But they're full of talent, led by the budding superstar Irving. They will have to overachieve, to be sure, but if the pieces can come together, they can sneak into the playoffs.


Minnesota Timberwolves

The Timberwolves are stocked with talent. But Kevin Love, their superstar, is out six-to-eigh ...

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