The Utah Jazz could, potentially, make a splash next season by going on their own unlikely, Phoenix Suns-like run. Or they could trip, fall, bang their heads, forget where they are heading and find themselves right back here, where the grass grows at a snail-like pace.
The Memphis Grizzlies have been one of the biggest surprises this season. After a disappointing start, which saw them float around the .500 mark for the first half of the year, they found their rhythm when the heart and soul of their team, Marc Gasol, returned from a sprained MCL in January.
Nine months ago, the San Antonio Spurs watched confetti fall from the rafters at the American Airlines Arena after the Miami Heat held off their best efforts to secure their second championship in a row. Two nights before that, 19.4 seconds and one rebound was all that separated them from winning their fifth title in the Tim Duncan era.
The Memphis Grizzlies got off to a rough start this season, but they're peaking at the right time and are looking like a team nobody wants to play against come playoff time.
Playoffs or not, the Suns are going to make some noise this offseason.
No team in the NBA has a more athletic front-court than the L.A. Clippers, and Doc Rivers sure has taken advantage of that. While Blake Griffin continues to expand his game and propel himself into the MVP conversation, DeAndre Jordan sticks to his guns by being the backbone of the teams defense and letting everyone else do the hard work for him on the offensive end.
We've seen players from the 1996 come and go in this league, and while some have arguably had more successful careers, no one's persistence is quite as surprising as Derek Fisher's.
Since their inception in 2004, the Charlotte Bobcats have been the laughing stock of the league. Only once in the past 10 years have they won more than 36 games, and that one season happened to end quickly with a four-game sweep at the hands of the Orlando Magic. Then there's the 2011-2012 season, the one in which they won just seven games and set a record that basically made them the worst team in NBA history.
Lance Stephenson was nearly an All-Star this season. Let that sink in for a second. Four years ago, he fell all the way to the second round of the draft, where the Indiana Pacers made his night by picking him up with the 40th overall pick.
Nobody likes flies. Whether you're taking in a nice sunny day with a cool beverage in your hand or just waiting until you've finished eating dinner to clean up your mucky dishes, they seem to always find a way to mess things up.