When the 2012-13 NBA regular season began, the common belief was that the Eastern Conference was stronger than ever. From the realignment of stars to the addition of depth, the East's paper contenders had caught up to the Western Conference.
As the following slides will show you, however, there are Eastern Conference favorites that are in need of a wake-up call in 2013.
From the underachieving franchises to the teams whose win-loss record does not define their current state, the East has been a conference of disappointment. Fortunately, the year has not been lost just yet.
Such has been proven by the Indiana Pacers, who started at 6-8. They've now won 12 of their past 17 games and solidified their status as a conference contender.
The following teams must follow their pattern.