12. Dallas Mavericks
Luka Doncic is one of the five best players in the NBA, but the team around him is questionable. Kyrie Irving is a future Hall of Famer and just signed a three-year deal, but has created plenty of uncertainty in recent years. Who is the Mavs third-best player? It is a fair question to ask and the rest of their roster would be fringe rotation players on most contenders.
Verdict: Luka Doncic cracks window, but he cannot do it alone.
11. New York Knicks
The Knicks reached the second round of the playoffs last season, but are still searching for a superstar. They have the assets to acquire one. The front office is waiting for the right player, but the Knicks are not a true contender until the move is made.
Verdict: Knicks have two All-Stars, but need number one to push window wide open.
10. Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavaliers have three All-Stars and budding star in Evan Mobley. They are one of the most talented teams in the league, but do the pieces fit? Cleveland has an undersized star backcourt and two big men whose best position is center. Can they make it all come together into a true title threat?