How do you turnaround a franchise? From what these top 13 turnaround seasons tell us, you need to draft a future Basketball Hall of Famer or complete one or more blockbuster trades.
(24-58 to 66-16)
Acquired Kevin Garnett (center) and Ray Allen (right) in trades to join Paul Pierce.
(20-62 to 56-26)
Drafted Tim Duncan No. 1, David Robinson returned from injury.
(21-61 to 56-26)
No. 1 draft choice David Robinson (pictured) joined team, along with Terry Cummings and Sean Elliott.
(29-53 to 62-20)
Free agent Steve Nash (left) joined Amare Stoudemire (right) and Shawn Marion.
(29-54 to 61-21)
Larry Bird’s rookie season. Enough said.
At left: Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics gets caught in a season-opener traffic jam in Boston as he gets caught between Houston Rockets Mike Dunleavy, left, and Rudy Tomjanovich, right, Oct. 12, 1979. Bird, the celebrated rookie from Indiana State, made his NBA debut in the game.
(27-55 to 56-260
Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) averaged 28.8 points and 14.5 rebounds per game as a rookie.
(15-67 to 43-39)
Dwyane Wade returned from an injury to average 30.2 ppg.
(28-54 to 55-27)
Tom Chambers (pictured posting up Karl Malone) signed as free agent, Kevin Johnson acquired via trade.
(23-59 to 50-32)
Rookie James Harden (pictured) joined emerging stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
(17-65 to 43-39)
Carmelo Anthony averaged 21 points as a rookie, while Andre Miller (pictured) came over from the Clippers.
(26-56 to 52-30)
Added Jason Kidd in trade, Kerry Kittles came back from a knee injury and rookie Richard Jefferson became (pictured) a starter.
(20-62 to 43-39)
Added Mitch Richmond (right) as a first-round draft pick out of Kansas State. Also picked up Indiana hero Keith Smart in the second round of the draft.
(16-66 to 39-43)
Added Neal Walk (pictured) out of Florida with the second pick in the draft behind Lew Alcindor.