Ranking Each NBA Playoff Contender's Potential

The Boston Celtics and New York Knicks are both old, injured and still dangerous.
The Boston Celtics and New York Knicks are both old, injured and still dangerous.USA TODAY Sports
Joel C. CordesNBA Associate EditorMarch 30, 2013

The standings tell us where the NBA teams are right now, but they don't reveal how far they can go once the playoffs roll around.

Who can win the whole thing? Which teams should be happy just to survive a round or two? Who will be lucky just to grab a single playoff game?

On this episode of Basketball by Association, assistant editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes dissect every likely participant in the 2013 NBA playoffs, ranking each by its upside.

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As you'll see, the regular-season standings don't necessarily mesh with the reality that matchups, seeding, health and having that "extra playoff gear" impart.

Who did we rank incorrectly? Which orders are spot-on?


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