Here's my first crack at ranking the 30 NBA teams throughout the season.
And luckily for everyone, my opinion has no bearing on what happens in real life.
1. Miami Heat: Health, a little luck and LeBron James could be enough for a third consecutive NBA Championship.
2. San Antonio Spurs: A run at a title will depend on Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard leading the charge.
3. Indiana Pacers: Pushed the Heat to the limit in the playoffs behind emerging star Paul George.
4. Oklahoma City Thunder: A nod to the greatness of Kevin Durant if he can overcome an unproven bench and no Russell Westbrook to start the season.
5. Los Angeles Clippers: Doc Rivers on the sidelines and improving DeAndre Jordan could lead to a championship.
6. Chicago Bulls: Derrick Rose is back and 100 percent healthy to remind us he's a former league MVP.
7. Memphis Grizzlies: Just how big of a loss will Lionel Hollins as coach be this season?
8. Brooklyn Nets: A team built to win now, but will the large financial investment payoff with Jason Kidd at coach?
9. Golden State Warriors: If Harrison Barnes could be your sixth man, that means you have a great starting lineup.
10. Houston Rockets: Dwight Howard joined the squad, but this is still James Harden's team.
11. Denver Nuggets: Will it be possible to duplicate last season's 57 wins without coach George Karl and Andre Iguodala?
12. New York Knicks: Still trying to make a run behind Carmelo Anthony and other high-priced gambles like Andrea Barngani.
13. Minnesota Timberwolves: The signing of Kevin Martin was one of the best moves of the offseason.
14. Portland Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard will only get better, and the bench is better.
15. Los Angeles Lakers: If Pau Gasol regains his form, the Lakers have enough to fight until Kobe Bryant returns.
16. Washington Wizards: Adding Marcin Gortat should be enough to get the Wizards in the postseason if John Wall is healthy.
17. Dallas Mavericks: Monta Ellis will have to be good to take pressure of Dirk Nowitzki to carry the squad.
18. New Orleans Pelicans: If the young talent buys in, this could be one of the surprise and most exciting teams to watch.
19. Detroit Pistons: How the frontcourt of Josh Smith, Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe operates will be worth following.
20. Cleveland Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving is already an All Star, and adding Jarrett Jack will only help him.
21. Sacramento Kings: DeMarcus Cousins might be the best center in the NBA by the end of the season.
22. Utah Jazz: Look for Derrick Favors to show why he was so highly thought of out of Georgia Tech in 2010.
23. Atlanta Hawks: Retaining Jeff Teague was smart, but Dennis Schroeder is their point guard of the future.
24. Boston Celtics: Even when Rajon Rondo is healthy it will be a struggle this season.
25. Toronto Raptors: Will Rudy Gay shake the knock of being an overpaid player without All-Star credentials?
26. Charlotte Bobcats: Al Jefferson will help with the lack of post scoring, but there's still a lot of improvement needed.
27. Milwaukee Bucks: Larry Sanders is a nice player to have as part of the foundation, but what else is in place?
28. Orlando Magic: Center Nikola Vucevic was one of the best young players in the NBA last season.
29. Phoenix Suns: It's all about collecting draft picks, shedding big contracts and developing rookie center Alex Len.
30. Philadelphia 76ers: The leaders to have the best chance to draft Andrew Wiggins in 2014.