If Fred Hoiberg's approach doesn't compromise an already slipping defense, Derrick Rose stays (relatively) healthy and Jimmy Butler's explosion last year proves real, the Bulls can remain near the top of the East.
If the Rockets win a title, it doesn't necessarily mean Dwight Howard has changed as a person or that we need to re-evaluate the rest of his career. It just means that he was in a better situation for his talents and the ball bounced his team's way.
The Pacers went through drastic makeover then the Pacers, with David West and Roy Hibbert and their "power basketball" identity gone. In their place is a sleeker, faster roster that will be anchored by Paul George's switch to PF.
If Denver can develop Emmanuel Mudiay and Jusuf Nurkic, hit a home run in this year's lottery, flip Wilson Chandler for some good young assets and find some usable parts out of the rest of their young talent, they shouldn't be on the downswing for too long.
After an incredibly strange season, the Pistons look to Year 2 of the Stan Van Gundy era with success now and going forward hinging on the chemistry and development of Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson.