There were 16 teams that make it to the NBA Playoffs every single season and there are always teams that make it the following season after missing it the previous season. Who are some of the NBA teams to watch for to make the playoffs next season that missed it this season?
New Orleans Pelicans
All you need to know is that the New Orleans Pelicans were a Top 4 seed in the Western Conference in the NBA a season ago when Zion Williamson was healthy. New Orleans fell out of it entirely when he was injured.
This is always one of the biggest what-ifs in the entire NBA. They have Brandon Ingram and C.J. McCollum and a solid supporting cast. Willie Green is also a solid head coach.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder are knocking on the door and they appear ready to take that next step. Chet Holmgren sat out all of last season with a foot injury. He is a very skilled 7-footer and has shown a ton of promise during the NBA summer league.
Holmgren could potentially be part of a core with Josh Giddey and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Mark Daigneault is the head coach.
The Indiana Pacers are a team that could make the playoffs in a weak bottom end of the Eastern Conference next season. Indiana's head coach is Rick Carlisle.
The Atlanta Hawks and the Brooklyn Nets could be NBA teams that are on the outside looking in next season. Tyrese Haliburton, Obi Toppin, and Bennedict Mathurin are some of the key players on the Indiana Pacers roster.