Perfection is an unattainable goal in the NBA.
But that doesn't mean each and every contender can't strive for it. An offseason of moves and jockeying for early positioning has left the elite squads in the Association poised to chase an NBA title, even if each one still has a major hurdle to clear before it can even realistically think about perfection.
The number of title contenders changes every year, but this season there are 10 organizations with realistic shots at holding up the Larry O'Brien Trophy and winning the last game of the 2013-14 postseason. Some of the remaining 20 teams might think they have a chance, even if they really don't.
And yet, the 10 elites still have to clear those hurdles. While a few of the obstacles are larger than others, they still require work if the team wants to get over them without breaking stride.