We tend to talk a lot about who the front-runners for MVP are and who has the best chance to win the NBA Finals every single season, but what we tend to forget is that this is a 30-team league and there are some really strong teams that nobody wants to talk about.
Last season, we saw the Knicks make the playoffs as the 4-seed in the Eastern Conference after being at “rock-bottom” since 2013, the last time they had made the playoffs prior to last season. They might have lost in the first round, but New York still surprised many, as Julius Randle went on to win Most Improved Player and Tom Thibodeau was named Coach of the Year.
Staying in the Eastern Conference, the team that played in the Knicks in the postseason, the Atlanta Hawks, made an improbable run to the Eastern Conference Finals. Trae Young and Co. were one of the most balanced and deepest teams in the league and they were highly underrated heading into the playoffs.
Out West, the Los Angeles Clippers were the 4-seed and were not necessarily underdogs, but they had never made the Western Conference Finals before. The Clippers finally ended the curse and with the odds stacked against them, they took advantage of their opportunities and made the WCF.
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So many teams every year tell great stories with the way they play and where they finish in the standings, but we never give these teams credit. That ends today because the following three teams you are about to read about are not only being overlooked by everyone in the NBA, but they really could go on a run and pull off some upsets should they make the playoffs!
You never know what you are going to see in the NBA and if these teams continue to remain hot, who knows what they can achieve.