The NBA awaits a new champion, and the path is wide open

The NBA will have a new champion. A lot of first-time champions, too. The second round of the NBA playoffs start on Saturday night, and nowhere to be found are the franchises that have combined to win almost two-thirds of the titles awarded in league history. And there are only eight players left in the playoffs who have been part of an NBA Finals win. So, for virtually everyone left in the playoffs, this is a whole new world.