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5 Teams Not On National TV Enough In 2014-15 NBA Schedule

NBA Schedule Release: 5 Teams Not On National TV Enough

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The NBA schedules have been released, and it is no surprise that the Oklahoma City Thunder, Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers will be on the national television more than any other teams. There are plenty of other talented teams that won't get as much shine. Let's take a look at the five teams that are not going to be on national television enough this season.

5. Toronto Raptors

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5. Toronto Raptors

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The Toronto Raptors have four games on national television this year. This a vast improvement from having no nationally televised games just a year ago, but this is still not good enough. The Raptors have become one of the fastest rising teams in the Eastern Conference, with one of the most exciting players in the NBA in DeMar DeRozan.

4. Dallas Mavericks

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4. Dallas Mavericks

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The Dallas Mavericks were just one game away from beating the eventual NBA champion San Antonio Spurs, and that memory probably won't fade very easily. With the addition of Tyson Chandler, the Mavericks are definitely in the running for a title but the television watchers will be deprived of their regular season run to the top.

3. Washington Wizards

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3. Washington Wizards

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There will only be ten national appearances for the Washington Wizards this season, which is pretty much the norm. The Wizards haven't ever been at the top of the list for most watched teams except for maybe during Michael Jordan's short stint. Now that they have the likes of John Wall, Bradley Beal and Paul Pierce, the Wizards need to be seen.

2. Charlotte Hornets

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2. Charlotte Hornets

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Lance Stephenson's move to Charlotte will automatically raise the level of entertainment for fans. Most will not get to see the antics and talents of Stephenson since the newly named Hornets will only be seen twice on national television. We may miss the next ear-blowing incident to rock the basketball world!

1. Minnesota Timberwolves

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1. Minnesota Timberwolves

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If you have not seen Zach LaVine's dunking exhibitions online, look him up now. He is the future of the NBA Dunk Contest and one of the most exciting rookies to watch this year. Unfortunately, he will only have two chances to display his talents live on television this season. The Timberwolves will also be a team to watch with the inevitable addition of Andrew Wiggins.