There comes a point during the season that 14 NBA teams turn their attention away from the wins-and-losses column and start planning for their future.
It's a liquid date, as some clubs fail to perform to expectations while others shatter their preseason projections. But it's an inevitability for nearly half of the teams in this league, the first true step toward reversing one's fate for the coming year.
The difficulty of that reclamation project just became a bit clearer with Tuesday night's 2013 NBA draft lottery painting a complete picture of the order for the upcoming draft (June 27).
The Orlando Magic, Charlotte Bobcats and Cleveland Cavaliers entered the night with the best chance to land the top selection from the 2013-14 rookie class. Although no consensus has been formulated regarding which player from that class has separated himself from his peers, a majority favorite has emerged.
But even that player knows not to get too comfortable with his prominent perch, as team needs vary among the likely lottery winners.
Now that the dust has settled, though, we've been granted a more comprehensive look at which teams' stock is on the upswing after Tuesday night and which is headed further in the wrong direction.