As 2013 rolls around, we find ourselves just about a third of the way through the 2012-13 NBA season and there has been a lot to like thus far.
The league's superstars are, for the most part, still performing up to expectations. The small-ball era has ushered in a more fan-friendly, high-octane brand of basketball and with the returns of Derrick Rose and Amar'e Stoudemire looming, there are plenty of compelling storylines to ring in the new year.
There has also been a lot to dislike, though, and a fair amount of action that has been outright ugly in 2012. Injuries have been a serious problem this season, a number of teams and players have not lived up to expectations and some clubs have been practically unwatchable as they've struggled early on.
To help usher in 2013 and the most important stretch of the NBA season, let's take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly from the 2012-13 season thus far.
All stats current through Dec. 31