The Biggest Issue Every Title Contender Faces Going into 2015 NBA Trade Deadline

February 7th, 2015 by Alec Nathan Leave a reply »
While the Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors may argue otherwise, no NBA title contender is perfect.

Within the Association's tiers of championship-caliber excellence, personnel and tactical concerns affect even the most polished clubs to varying degrees. 

In some cases, those voids can be filled via acquisitions at the Feb. 19 trade deadline. But in others, stylistic adjustments will rule the day.

Whether it's the Chicago Bulls finding some semblance of defensive equilibrium, the Dallas Mavericks searching for reserve bigs or the Houston Rockets pining for offensive upgrades, contenders have a vast array of areas to shore up before the trade deadline officially passes. 

In order to qualify as a title contender, teams had to enter Saturday night with a win percentage greater than .600. However, the Cleveland Cavaliers (.596) received a justified exemption after rattling off 12 straight wins and working within 3.5 games of the Eastern Conference's No. 2 seed.

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