Now that the NBA free-agency market has largely dried up, teams must begin figuring out how to shore up their most significant weaknesses ahead of the 2014-15 season.
No team—not even the San Antonio Spurs, who looked damn near infallible during the 2014 Finals—can rest on its laurels heading into the coming season. Having a glaring Achilles' heel is a recipe for disaster in the NBA, especially if it's one that carries over from season to season.
Here, with statistical support from NBA.com, Basketball-Reference.com, HoopsStats.com and TeamRankings.com, we'll look at one area each team must improve before the 2014-15 season commences. Some will be more conceptual—three-point shooting, offensive rebounding, assist percentages, etc.—while others will focus on positional weaknesses that could prove to be a team's downfall.
These aren't the only areas in which many of these teams can (and should) seek to address; some squads, such as the Philadelphia 76ers, need to improve just about everywhere. Instead, consider these the most glaring areas of need, ones that could spell the difference between title contender or pretender, lottery team or playoff berth.