The race for Andrew Wiggins is on, and NBA teams are filling the starting blocks at an alarming rate.
A key to any successful tanking campaign lies in fielding a lineup light on intimidation, and even lighter on production.
Failing both the eye test and the numbers game, the starting fives that crack this list only strengthen those cries for retraction.
In a superstar-driven league, it's only a matter of which ones a team already has and what those players are doing to bring more to the fold. There's only one Mikhail Prokhorov burning through stacks of cash as quickly as the Federal Reserve can print them, meaning manufactured dynasties come few and far between.
Some teams on this list have already scratched the first item off their championship checklists. They've landed their star player and are now busy burning up the recruiting trails.
Most are still searching for that franchise centerpiece, but their post-free agency starting tandems might just be bad enough for a member of the vaunted 2014 rookie crop to be that building block.
While some dark clouds loom over their 2013-14 outlook, fans must never forget about that proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. With the promise of that potential prize in the back of our minds, it's time to celebrate the grotesque with a trip through the worst of the worst.
*For argument's sake, this list has been compiled assuming all currently injured players will enter next season with a clean bill of health.
**Unless otherwise noted, statistics are courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.