It seems that the beginning of this season, no matter how thrilling it's been so far, has been seriously marred thanks to injuries.
Think about it. We have no idea how good the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls, Philadelphia 76ers, Indiana Pacers, Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Hornets and Washington Wizards can be thanks to them missing players of huge importance.
Whether it's a guy who's going to come in and completely transform the team (a la Derrick Rose) or a guy who is going to add yet another dimension to the team, like Avery Bradley for the Boston Celtics, the league is riddled with injuries up to this point.
In the next month or so, we're going to see the return of a flurry of high-caliber players, which is really going to give us an idea of what the makeup of the league is.
So after seeing Pau Gasol return on Dec. 18 and post 10 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four blocks en route to a Laker win, let's discuss 10 upcoming returns and how much of an impact they're going to make when they revisit the hardwood.
All return dates are based on CBSSports.com's injury report.