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Teams to Reach NBA Playoffs Next Year

Posted by Jay Sanin on 4/17/2016 5:19:37 AM

There are sixteen teams are playing in this year's NBA playoffs for the right to be crowned NBA champions. But while those teams look to beat the odds stacked against them, the teams that have missed the playoffs will look to begin improving to get back to the playoffs next season. Of those teams that have missed this year's playoffs, which ones have the best chance to return? These three teams lead the pack.

1. Chicago Bulls

Easily the most talented team to miss the playoffs, the Bulls just need to regain their defensive edge in order to fix things next season. Head coach Fred Hoiberg doesn't appear to have the trust of his players as of right now, but another year together should work toward fixing that issue while the play on the court continues to improve. Derrick Rose is healthy, which is a huge step forward for a team that needs him to do well to get back to the postseason next year.

2. Washington Wizards

An odds calculator could tell you that the Washington Wizards were a good investment in many games this season, but the reason their odds remained favorable was because they lost so many winnable games. Next year, Randy Wittman will finally be out as coach, allowing a more talented coach to run what is a very talented Eastern Conference team. While being at the top of the Eastern Conference doesn't seem likely due to some flaws with their overall roster, a return to the playoffs isn't just a possibility, it is a probability.

3. New Orleans Pelicans

It was a horror show of a season for the New Orleans Pelicans this season, as the team never got close to playing at the same level they reached when they qualified for the playoffs last season. But New Orleans will have Anthony Davis back again next season after injuries derailed him this year. That along with another decent draft pick from the lottery should give the Pelicans the pieces they need to be successful once again in what is always an incredibly crowded Western Conference playoff picture.

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