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The top 10 turnarounds in NBA history

Compiled by Berry Tramel, Staff Writer, btramel@opubco.com Published: April 3, 2010
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With three more victories, the Thunder could match the 10{+t}{+h} best single-season turnaround in NBA history. A look at the 10 best:

Improvement Team Record Catalyst
42 2008 Celtics 66-16 Trading for Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen
36 1998 Spurs 56-26 Drafting Tim Duncan,

David Robinson’s return from injury

35 1990 Spurs 56-26 Drafting David Robinson
33 2005 Suns 62-20 Signing Steve Nash
32 1980 Celtics 61-21 Drafting Larry Bird
29 1970 Bucks 56-26 Drafting Lew Alcindor

(Now known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.)

28 2009 Heat 43-39 Dwyane Wade return from injury
27 1989 Suns 55-27 Signing Tom Chambers,

trading for Kevin Johnson

26 2004 Nuggets 43-39 Drafting Carmelo Anthony
26 2002 Nets 52-30 Trading for Jason Kidd.
Compiled by Berry Tramel


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