Those title contenders are the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies.
Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers have all struggled after projections suggested they too would contend for a title this year.
The 76ers and Lakers would not even qualify for the playoffs if they began today.
To be fair, injuries have played a role in the struggles of each of these teams.
At the same time, however, one key move can still be made to turn each of these struggling pretenders back into the title contenders they appeared to be before this season began.