The Miami Heat and New York Knicks are two very different teams with a common goal.
Both squads aspire to win the NBA title now, not later. For the Heat, they look to lay claim to their second consecutive championship, while the Knicks are simply hoping to end a 40-year drought.
Despite similar ambitions, however, these two bands of athletes are anything but the same.
Miami is built upon an overwhelming substance of star power while New York's potential success is predicated on veteran-stocked depth.
Structural differences aside, though, both factions are off to incredible starts to the 2012-13 crusade. LeBron James and company, for the most part, have picked up where they left off last season, while Carmelo Anthony and crew continue to shock the masses.
And yet, we are still left wondering—to a point—which team's recipe for success is the more promising concoction?
Miami stands alone as the reigning NBA champs, but both rosters differ significantly from a year ago, leaving us to re-open the door on which basketball outfit has the ultimate edge.
Stats in this article are accurate as of December 4th, 2012.