During training camp, every NBA player can still have his eyes set on the Larry O'Brien Trophy.
Even if preseason losses start piling up, the regular-season records are unblemished. All 30 teams start with a 0-0 record, tied for the No. 1 seed in their respective conference. But that doesn't mean that the odds are all even.
At this point, we have a strong idea of the roster makeups for teams in the Association. We know who's going to be good, and we know who's going to have their eyes fixed on Andrew Wiggins' freshman season at Kansas be bad.
However, keep in mind that title odds are different than record projections. Upside matters, as does the ability to withstand a brutal stretch of games when the postseason comes around.
For example, I'm giving my predicted No. 9 team in the Eastern Conference better title odds than my No. 6 team, even though I still stand by those records. They're just different concepts because potential improvement is all the more important here.
So who would you be putting your money on?