Plenty of basketball remains before the 2013 NBA champion is crowned.
But two-plus months of compelling games and even more intriguing storylines have afforded some early glimpses into how this year might play out.
Some of those stories have inspired realistic championship hopes in places we'd never have imagined. Whether assembling the right pieces on the roster, fine-tuning what was already in place or putting the right people in positions of leadership, there has been no shortage of teams steering clear of the struggles of seasons past.
Others, however, have simply perplexed the basketball world, as some traditional powerhouses have put forth uncharacteristic disasters.
We thought LeBron James would continue his ascent up the all-time greatest lists, and that certainly hasn't changed.
But my, how so many other things already have.