Thanks to the lockout that shoehorned a 66-game slate into a six-month window, and the games already played in this new season, 2012 technically contained more winners and losers (and games) than any calendar year in NBA history.
Fortunately for hoop fans, the immense quantity that resulted from those games also yielded unparalleled quality.
There were heroes and villains.
There were failures and triumphs.
Coaches came and went as they always do, and we even had the rare fortune of seeing an owner's improbable redemption.
2012 was a year jam-packed with enough storylines to last a decade, but we've singled out a few of the key figures from the past 12 months. Here are the biggest winners and losers of the 2012 calendar year.