24. Minnesota Timberwolves (11-18)
The Minnesota Timberwolves have had a tough year — losing their head coach Flip Saunders — but the future is bright. Saunders crafted an extremely talented young roster fit with Towns, Wiggins, and Rubio leading the way and gave them the perfect mentor to power through an NBA season, Kevin Garnett.
23. Portland Trail Blazers (11-20)
Portland gets a pass on their recent five game losing streak because those games have happened in the absence of Damian Lillard. They weren’t setting the world on fire with Lilard, but their superstar point guard was putting up incredible individual numbers. When he returns they could move back into the playoff race.
22. Phoenix Suns (12-19)
The Suns are a nightmare right now. They have lost three straight, slipping to seven games below .500 and with the recent suspension of Markieff Morris for throwing a towel of all things it looks like you can stick a fork in this team who was once thought to be a playoff sleeper.