Thanks to a multitude of injuries, NBA fans have been robbed of appearances by some of their favorite stars this season.
As compelling as the early weeks of the 2012-13 campaign have been, there is plenty left to be desired by fans and media alike, with perennial All-Stars and intriguing young talent out indefinitely due to injury.
Some returns will provide clarity and reassurance, while others are sure to muddy depth charts and create some chemistry issues.
Here are seven NBA returns that every fan is eagerly awaiting.
*Note: All stats accurate as of December 11, 2012.