The NBA season tips off in just over two weeks as the October 30th opening day inches closer and closer, which means it's time to stop looking at preseason games and sit patiently waiting for the regular season to get here.
It's really an impossible thing to measure and even harder to predict, but it seems like we are in for one of the most exciting NBA seasons of all time when it comes to the 2012-13 season.
Not only is it the full season following the 2011 lockout, but we've also got storylines aplenty to shake out all season long, player homecomings that will either be full of vitriol or tears, and some of the best teams we've seen since the early 2000s Lakers and the '90s Bulls.
Between Miami's pursuit for a repeat, Kobe's search for a sixth ring, Boston and San Antonio trying to stave off old age, Oklahoma City trying to avenge their Finals loss, the Knicks sharing a city with the Nets, injuries altering the landscape of the league, up-and-coming teams, new title contenders and a thrilling rookie class, what we've got is going to be nonstop fun and entertainment.
With that should come a handful of surprises along the way, so let's shake out the most likely surprises and go on from there.