NBA Preseason 2016: Early Title Odds for All 30 Teams

October 6th, 2016 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »
Winning a championship is the whole point for every NBA team, even if it's more prudent for some to focus on player development, day-to-day improvement and shorter-term concerns. Eventually, after all those smaller steps and narrower pursuits, the ring is the goal.

Ahead of the 2016-17 season, some squads are closer to reaching it than others.

These aren't quite the same as power rankings, though the lower reaches will look similar. If you're bad enough to rank in the bottom 10 of the league, chances are your championship odds are so low as to be basically meaningless. The Los Angeles Lakers absolutely cannot win a title this season; it's unfathomable. So what's the difference, really, between 10,000-1 and 500-1?

An impossibility is an impossibility.

Here's how everyone—from the Lakers to the historically fearsome Golden State Warriors—stacks up in the title chase.

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