With the Golden State Warriors keen on continuing their domination on the league, the rest of the Western Conference is not willing to sit back and watch it happen.
Several teams across the conference have made huge moves this summer in a bid to compete with the defending champions.
The Oklahoma City Thunder added Paul George and Carmelo Anthony to MVP Russell Westbrook to create the newest 'super team' in the league.
The OKC players, Westbrook in particular, have an added incentive to overcome the Warriors as they're desperate to beat former teammate Kevin Durant following his decision to head to the Bay Area last year.
The Houston Rockets, however, were the first team to make a huge move with the Dubs in their sights as they secured All-Star point guard Chris Paul in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Several members of the Rockets organisation have spoken openly about their desire to beat Golden State and win a championship.
General manager Daryl Morey claimed the Oakland-based team "are not unbeatable".
In an interview with Clay Skipper of GQ, Warriors star Draymond Green recently hit back at Morey and believes teams are struggling to come up with ways to beat them.
"What the f--- are you talking about? They are really trying to rethink their whole strategy because teams know they don't have a f------ clue," Green said in response to Morey.
The Warriors lost just one game en route to their second championship in three years and only a record-breaking performance by the Cleveland Cavaliers in game four of the finals stopped them from becoming the first team to go undefeated throughout the playoffs.
The Cavs drained an NBA Finals record 24 three-pointers and denied the Dubs a chance at making history.
"That'd never been done!" Green said of Cleveland's three-point barrage. "They don't come out and hit twenty-four threes and they're swept. And that's the second best team in the world.
"It's pretty f-----g sick to see how everybody is just in a f-----g panic about what to do. You sit back and think, like, these motherf------, they know. That's the fun part about it: They know they don't stand a chance."
The reigning champs are the overwhelming favourites to win back-to-back titles but Green is not willing to feed into the hype and huge expectations surrounding his team.
"That's motivation for me," he said. "Everybody wants to anoint us as the greatest team ever, or whatever. The Warriors are gonna win the next 5 championships. The f--- outta here. It's so hard to win a championship.
"And if you win three in a row, and everybody said you were going to win the next five, they're gonna s--t on you. Because if everybody places you on the top, you only got one place to go. And that's down."