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

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.

NBA Summer Forecast

Our ESPN Forecast panel makes early predictions for every team, plus picks 2016-17 award winners, NBA champs and more.

East standings | West standings
2016-17 MVP | Rookie of the Year
Best newcomer | Worst newcomer
Team Turnaround

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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