Banking a cluster of victories early in a season can be a boon for any team, even if it’s not an accurate indicator of how an entire campaign will play out.
Wins are wins, and coaches will take them however they come.
The NBA is a league where divisional and playoff hopes can be decided by very slim margins; a hot start could mean the difference between an extended season and an early vacation.
While there are a lot of teams that would love a rally in the first few months, there are some that need it more than others.
With three representatives from both conferences, here are some franchises for whom it is absolutely imperative to get out of the gates fast.