The first step towards an NBA championship for any team begins with winning its division.
This is something that's often overlooked when projecting overall win totals and conference standings.
Each of the NBA's six division winners guarantee themselves a seeding no worse than third in the conference playoffs, regardless of anything else that happens from outside that five-team division.
Some of the divisions this season, like the Atlantic, could include as many as four playoff teams. Other divisions, like the Southeast, may only include one.
I am projecting who the six divisional winners will be this season. I'm not suggesting an overall win total associated with each team or where exactly they'll place within the conference. I am simply identifying which team will win each division.