Every year, one NBA club assumes the position of 'trendiest' team in the league. Since only one team can win the championship, we have learned to construct an imaginary award for a young and/or newly assembled team that has made the proper strides to evolve into a 'real contender' in the coming years. This involves an evaluation of on-the-court performance and intangible team traits that embody the current high-end values of the NBA fan. Whether it works out for this team is another story. This process allows us to emotionally invest in 'what's next,' while attempting to project what we think is a disruptive, provocative NBA model.
Scott Halleran/Getty Images