Coming off their NBA Finals victory in 2012, the Miami Heat will have to tear through many teams this season if they are to repeat as champions.
Some opponents are legitimate threats to dethrone Miami. Others, not so much.
The main targets the Heat has its sights on is threefold: the Boston Celtics, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Oklahoma City Thunder, especially whichever of the latter two represents the Western Conference in the Finals.
But Miami must not overlook other obstacles lurking in its path to glory. You never know when a pretender can suddenly morph into a contender out of nowhere.
The following teams are the top five the Heat must not fall asleep on this season, ranked from the least dangerous to the most.