Summer Forecast: Better days ahead for Wolves in 2016-17

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Which franchise will make the most dramatic leap in the 2016-17 season?

We’ve already shared our projections for the Eastern Conference and Western Conference standings, as well as the rookie of the year, most valuable player and best and worst newcomers.

Now our panel weighs in on Team Turnaround, the franchise poised to make the biggest jump in the standings relative to where it finished the 2015-16 season.

We asked the ESPN Forecast team to rank its top three choices, with a first-place vote receiving five points, a second-place vote receiving three and a third-place vote receiving one.

To participate in the discussion and perhaps get your opinion published on this page, #ESPNForecast is the Twitter hashtag to use.

Team Turnaround projections


1. Minnesota Timberwolves

Total points: 108

2015-16 record: 29-53

2016-17 projection: 39-43


2. Utah Jazz

Total points: 82

2015-16 record: 40-42

2016-17 projection: 45-37


3. Milwaukee Bucks

Total points: 34

2015-16 record: 33-49

2016-17 projection: 39-43


T-4. New Orleans Pelicans

Total points: 30

2015-16 record: 30-52

2016-17 projection: 35-47


T-4. Philadelphia 76ers

Total points: 30

2015-16 record: 10-72

2016-17 projection: 20-62


6. Boston Celtics

Total points: 25

2015-16 record: 48-34

2016-17 projection: 51-31


Also receiving votes:New York Knicks (23), Indiana Pacers (18), Los Angeles Lakers (12), Portland Trail Blazers (10), Denver Nuggets (6), Detroit Pistons (6), Orlando Magic (5), Chicago Bulls (3), Memphis Grizzlies (3), Charlotte Hornets (3), Houston Rockets (2), Washington Wizards (1), Phoenix Suns (1).

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