The Golden State Warriors are the outright favourites to lift the Larry O'Brien trophy in 2017.
After adding Kevin Durant to their roster, the 2015 champions have one of the best teams assembled in NBA history. The general managers believe they are going to do it - well, over 60 percent of them at least - and they are odds-on favourites in Las Vegas.
However, not everybody is convinced. Charles Barkley, who has long been a detractor of the Warriors and their jump shooting game, believes they will not win a championship with Durant this season.
The TNT analyst and Hall of Famer said: "I just don't think you can win a championship shooting jumpers."
Barkley, an Olympic gold medalist, believes injuries helped their cause in 2015 as Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love were missing from the finals.
Of course, last season they failed to defend their crown, but it can be argued injuries ruined their own chances after Andrew Bogut - their primary rim protector - missed the final two games of the series.
The addition of 2014 MVP Durant really does help their cause but nothing is set in stone. If Golden State does win another title then Barkley may be forced to eat his words again - just like he was in 2015.