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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.

2007-08 Boston Celtics
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+42
(24-58 to 66-16)
Acquired Kevin Garnett (center) and Ray Allen (right) in trades to join Paul Pierce.

1997-98 San Antonio Spurs
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+36
(20-62 to 56-26)
Drafted Tim Duncan No. 1, David Robinson returned from injury.

1989-90 San Antonio Spurs
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+35
(21-61 to 56-26)
No. 1 draft choice David Robinson (pictured) joined team, along with Terry Cummings and Sean Elliott.

2004-05 Phoenix Suns
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+33
(29-53 to 62-20)
Free agent Steve Nash (left) joined Amare Stoudemire (right) and Shawn Marion.

1979-80 Boston Celtics
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+32
(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.

1969-70 Milwaukee Bucks
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+29
(27-55 to 56-260
Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) averaged 28.8 points and 14.5 rebounds per game as a rookie.

2008-09 Miami Heat
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+28
(15-67 to 43-39)
Dwyane Wade returned from an injury to average 30.2 ppg.

1988-89 Phoenix Suns
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+27
(28-54 to 55-27)
Tom Chambers (pictured posting up Karl Malone) signed as free agent, Kevin Johnson acquired via trade.

2009-10 Oklahoma City Thunder
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+27
(23-59 to 50-32)
Rookie James Harden (pictured) joined emerging stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

2003-04 Denver Nuggets
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+26
(17-65 to 43-39)
Carmelo Anthony averaged 21 points as a rookie, while Andre Miller (pictured) came over from the Clippers.

2001-02 New Jersey Nets
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+26
(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.

1988-89 Golden State Warriors
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+23
(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.

1969-70 Phoenix Suns
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+23
(16-66 to 39-43)
Added Neal Walk (pictured) out of Florida with the second pick in the draft behind Lew Alcindor.