NBA Tiers of Contention: Teams in the Playoff Hunt in 2016-17

September 27th, 2016 by Kevin Ding Leave a reply »

We began our NBA training camp preview with a look at the bottom 10 teams. (Sorry about that, Brooklyn. But your new alternate uniforms are fabulous!)

Now up are the teams that could have memorable seasons if a lot of things break right—and utterly forgettable seasons if those same things break wrong.

In 2016 Olympic lingo, the following 10 teams project to get Bleacher Report's NBA silver medals for being in the middle tier of the league…



10. Chicago Bulls

What's going on here?

Almost like a final relationship breakup, it can be awfully hard to commit to a full rebuilding process. When the Bulls were given reason to put theirs off, they opted to postpone dealing with the coldest days of rebuilding winter. Admittedly, it's tempting to give fans the chance to see whether Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade can turn the considerable tide. But these half-hearted refittings almost never go well, and Jimmy Butler's ownership of the team (and Jerian Grant's chance to run the offense) will be inhibited, too.


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