The 2018 NBA season is less than a month away and with media days out of the way, training camp has begun around the league.
Training camp is great because there’s palpable excitement for just about every team, with high hopes of improvement from last year for just about everyone. Players are talking about all the work they’ve put in this summer, coaches are happy with the effort level, commitment, and buy-in from the whole team, and general managers think they’ve put together a group that can compete.
A lot of those statements will be rendered false before the calendar flips to 2019, but for now, optimism reigns supreme. As always, there are only a few true title contenders, followed by your playoff hopefuls, and then the teams still in the rebuilding phase, but no matter what tier a team falls in, there’s something that will dominate headlines in training camp and the early season. Here, we’re going to explore the biggest question for each team entering training camp, and what it will take for the resolution of that to be considered a success.
We started with the East, and now it’s time to look to the West: