It wasn't supposed to be like this.
With the best NBA draft class in years on the immediate horizon, teams like the Sixers, Celtics, Raptors, and Suns planned to post the league's worst records, positioning themselves for the best selections in the 2014 NBA Draft.
Unfortunately, they didn't figure on supposed "contenders" like the Knicks and Nets devolving into complete dumpster fires. Or on the Bucks - an organization that went out of its way to tell the world it would not be tanking this season - posting the NBA's worst record through New Year's Day.
If the season ended today, the Raptors would be the Eastern Conference's four seed in the playoffs. Boston would be the eight, and Phoenix would be six in the West. Philly might be a playoff contender as well if not for Michael Carter-Williams' injuries; the Sixers are 9-11 when their rookie point guard takes the floor and 1-10 without him.
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