Teams have been extra busy this summer, positioning themselves to challenge the Lakers for the NBA Championship.
Teams have been adding players, subtracting players and seeking to find the right mix in efforts to reach the mountaintop and procure the Larry O'Brien trophy (at left).
Side note: Is there a Bleacher Creature who can name who Larry O'Brien was and why the championship trophy is named after him? No Google allowed.
Anyway, after seeing the many moves teams have made, I am going to look at six contenders who are very close, but still in need of that one player (whom I'll name) to push them over the top. These will not be the obvious "trade Tim Duncan to the Knicks" sort of moves (except one). They'll be more subtle, yet still critical to getting the ultimate trophy.
Hopefully, this will entertain you and show how close some teams are.