The 2012-2013 season was a complete disaster—as far as injuries taking a toll on top-tier talent in the NBA is concerned.
We're all ready to get our superstars back.
This year's NBA finals almost seems like it's little more than the survival of the fittest. The Miami Heat went through the bottom-feeders of the Eastern Conference and then knocked out the Chicago Bulls, who watched nearly every one of their players suffer an injury at some point throughout the season, and the Indiana Pacers, who were without Danny Granger for all but five games this year.
Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs ran through a Los Angeles Lakers team that was missing Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash, among others. Plus they didn't have to go through the team that ousted them a season ago, the Oklahoma City Thunder, who were without Russell Westbrook—injured during this year's playoffs.
Stars fell left and right, and people who bought tickets to games in advance had to convince themselves that watching Nate Robinson would be just as fun as watching Derrick Rose. It totally is, but for completely different reasons.
With the playoffs nearing a conclusion, it seems I'm already starting to look forward to next season, if only to see the league in a situation where it's much more intact.
So let's take a look at those fallen players and quantify who will be most exciting to see back in uniform.