Great Expectations isn't just the title of a Charles Dickens novel: It's something that many NBA players will have to live up to next year.
While the league's hot stove is slowly beginning to cool down, the pressure in many cities—and for many players—continues to rise steadily as the season approaches. Obviously, there is a certain burden that is inherent with being a professional athlete, but there's far more to it than that.
For the most of the NBA's elite, a deep playoff run is simply not good enough any longer. Win a championship and the 2012-13 campaign can be deemed a success; anything short of that outcome is an abject failure.
So, with training camps around the league set to open in a matter of weeks, let's take a look at the five players who will be under the most pressure heading into next season.