NBA Tiers of Contention: Teams with a Chance to Win the Crown in 2016-17

October 4th, 2016 by Kevin Ding Leave a reply »

There is a school of thought in the NBA that if you enter the season with a shot at winning the championship, that's all you can ask for.

As Kevin Durant will tell you, however, not every championship opportunity is the same as another.

Nevertheless, what follows is a list of 10 teams that have some chance. It might take an injury to Durant, Stephen Curry, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving for certain teams to have much chance, but the following 10 are at least in a place where they can dream.

The other 20 teams we've listed in our previous training-camp previews—kindly referred to as the bronze (bottom) and silver (middle) tiers of the NBA in this Olympic year—can't even rightly dream.

So these 10 teams are as good as gold entering the season, even if there will only be two on that final platform at the end.



10. Oklahoma City Thunder

What's going on here?

The default sentiment is that Durant left Russell Westbrook behind, and that's that for OKC. Such thinking is simplistic and best left to the casual fan, ...

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