The 2012-13 NBA regular season is finally upon us, bringing with it a torrent of intrigue, excitable debuts and, well, injuries.
Just as player movement dominated the offseason, injuries ran amok throughout the preseason, leaving plenty of the league's teams to begin their campaign without one or more key athletes.
Will the Minnesota Timberwolves fall out of playoff contention without Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio early on? Are the Dallas Mavericks poised to hit rock bottom down Dirk Nowitzki? Can the New York Knicks stay healthy enough to make any sort of splash? Is Kobe Bryant finally beginning to show his age?
Plenty has changed since last season. Heck, plenty has changed since you feasted your eyes on this.
That has left the Association's franchises to roll with varying degrees of proverbial punches, rendering the outlook on the season's inaugural power structure far more different than anyone could have anticipated.
Read on to see where each team currently ranks.