We have already looked at individual players for the upcoming season so a natural progression would be to take a look at the powerhouses who will probably be competing for a championship come June.
Moreso than in the NFL or even MLB, the NBA has the same teams at the top with litle variation over the years. Of course, once in a while a non-traditional team will win it all (think Miami in '06), but the NBA is built on dynasties.
Since 1980 there have been only eight franchises who have won an O'Brien trophy.
The Celtics, Lakers, Sixers, Pistons, Bulls, Rockets, Spurs, and Heat have been the only championship teams over an almost 30-year period. The Heat and Sixers are the only teams that havent won multiple titles.
Every once in a while the basketball gods smile down on one of the lower 22 franchise and give that team a once in a generation player.
In the '84 draft, Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon went to the Bulls and Rockets, respectively, and forever changed the trajectory of those franchises.
Neither team had any championships before them and neither have had one since their retirement.
More recently, in 2003 the Heat chose Dwyane Wade with their top pick and three years and one blockbuster trade later the Heat added their name to the elite eight.
(Side Note: Lebron James was also taken in '03 and if there will be an addition to the list of eight, his team will most likely be the ninth)
So if you are a fan of one of the other 22 teams you could always hope for a run like the Magic had last year and thats about all.
If history is any indicator, the Celtics or Lakers will probably win it all and the rest of use will again be looking again to next year when the whole process can start anew.
But as Herm Edwards so eloquently put it, you play to win the game, and these are the teams that like to win the most this season.