The road map of the NBA doesn't come with turn-by-turn directions.
Each move can be tricky, more so for some franchises than others, and a wrong turn can lead to seemingly endless years of losses and frustration. But for every single franchise, there is at least one right turn that has led to a move in the right direction.
An incredible draft pick can lead to years of prominence; a favorable trade can translate into cherished seasons; and a free-agent signing could move a franchise into the most romantic of eras.
The following is a look at the single most important move of each NBA franchise in the last 25 years (1987-present). This time frame gives us a more contemporary look and allows for some more recent moves to be examined.