When an NBA star suddenly hits the statistical skids, there's usually a good reason for it. Injuries, poor chemistry and bad coaching can all play roles in an abrupt drop in production. But top-flight players who are still in their primes don't usually stay down for long.
Last year, emerging stars like Avery Bradley suffered through physical ailments that put a stop to the upward momentum of their career trajectories. And established studs like Pau Gasol, Kevin Love and Dwight Howard also struggled with injuries that hampered their production.
In other instances, bad fits resulted in ugly seasons for Joe Johnson and Monta Ellis.
All of those players are in better situations—in terms of health and team environment, respectively—this year, so they land on our list of NBA players who'll return to form in 2013-14.