Teams can fall into various pitfalls that prevent them from reaching their potential. Some of the common ones include preoccupying themselves too much with other teams, allowing past failures to influence present play and worrying more about individual success than team success.
But each team faces unique problems as well, as each team's chemistry is highly dependent upon the actions of its players both on and off the court.
Teams must develop chemistry and gel during the season to succeed in the playoffs, and a number of teams with new-look rosters will have to focus mostly on just playing basketball and not getting too caught up in what others are saying about their squad's chances of winning a title.
These factors all play a critical role in success, and avoiding distractions and remaining focused on what matters is what separates contenders from pretenders. Each team has a slightly different situation to address, and we'll look at the unique challenges each squad faces this season.