Far from finished products

Dwyane Wade and Manu Ginobili are both struggling so far this season. Issac Baldizon/NBAE/Getty Images

The nice thing about being a bona fide contender is that you can try more stuff. When you know you're going to be winning 55 to 60 games pretty much no matter what, the regular season can be more an experimental lab to learn new things about your team and try difference concepts, and see what works.