The NBA is a star-driven league, and for that reason, we already have a good idea of which teams will be contenders entering the 2013-14 season.
The San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat will surely be near the top of their respective conferences, but a handful of teams launched themselves into contention with moves made during the offseason.
The easy team to point to is the Houston Rockets, as they made the biggest splash by signing Dwight Howard. However, they’re just one of a number of teams that will be next in line to compete with the best that the game has to offer.
There’s no crystal ball that tells us who the 2014 champions will be, but the nice thing is that we don’t need one to see who has begun improving enough to contend.