Each and every NBA season, 30 franchises arrive at training camp with the ultimate goal of winning a championship.
For one team it will become a reality, and for the other 29 reality will set in at some point along the way, turning what once was a goal into a mere pipe dream.
For some organizations, a championship is not an accurate barometer of overall success, as developing talent and team chemistry takes priority.
For others, it is championship or bust, and the season is a complete and utter failure, unless the championship banner is raised into their rafters come June.
The landscape of the NBA is ever-changing, and this year will be no different. A handful of veteran teams will make a run at the title, a few possibly for the last time, while others will continue the slide to irrelevancy.
We also have young teams loaded with talent, looking to build upon success from the previous season, and hoping to climb the ladder to prominence.
First, let’s take a look at the eight teams from the Western Conference who will continue playing after the 82 game regular season comes to an end.
This is the order in which I predict the teams will finish, starting with the eighth seed and finishing with the first.