The NBA released its 2012-13 schedule on Thursday, and with that, the anticipation is already palpable for next season.
The Miami Heat open their title defense on October 30 against the new-look Boston Celtics. The matchup will pit new Heat guard Ray Allen against his former squad, while serving as a rematch to the teams' classic seven-game series in the Eastern Conference finals.
Allen's move effectively ended the five-year Big Three run in Boston but left the Celtics with a ton of leftover salary cap space. In Allen's place come six new players to the roster, giving the formerly bench-depraved Celtics one of the deepest rosters in the league.
It seems that instead of out-Big Threeing the Heat, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge will look to beat Miami with depth next season.
Who are the other teams that hope depth helps them topple the Miami reign? Here's a look at the five deepest teams in the NBA for 2012-13.