It may seem silly to make a list of the top 10 2013 NBA free agents when this year's league champion has yet to be determined, at least until you consider that none of the most prized targets in this summer's sweepstakes are competing at the moment.
The two most coveted players in this class are widely viewed as the NBA's best at their respective positions, yet neither one of them were able to lead their teams to the second round of the playoffs.
That little bit of truth is not likely to deter the multitudes of teams who will be vying for the services of the NBA's best center and point guard, but there are also a few other players in this summer's mix who could change the fortunes of a franchise.
Chris Paul and Dwight Howard's decisions very well could shape the future of the Western Conference, and the NBA for years to come, but that doesn't mean the other top players on this year's free agency list will fail to make an impact.
In fact, some of the players behind Paul and Howard are talented enough to push border-line contenders to the next level, and elevate the fortunes of teams who already wear that label.