A lot has changed in the NBA since the end of last season. Numerous players switched teams during free agency and helped mold a new landscape in the NBA.
Once the dust settled, the NBA was shaken even more by the monster Dwight Howard trade, which involved big franchise-building pieces from four teams.
With all of that being said, it is easy to see how some teams will be vastly improved while others fall off the map.
Here is a look at five of those teams that will be much improved from a season ago and will make their mark on the NBA.