The NBA can't survive as a marketable superstars' league without having young players who are ready to fill in for aging talent.
Despite an underwhelming rookie class, the 2013-14 season promises to deliver elite-level talent by the bunches.
From a business standpoint, those arrivals couldn't come a moment too soon.
Father Time extinguished four all-time great careers this summer: Jason Kidd, Grant Hill, Tracy McGrady and Allen Iverson. He'll undoubtedly do more damage in the coming years as players like Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki approach the big 4-0.
But those future basketball casualties will have their deserved days of mourning another time.
Right now, it's all about celebrating the budding ballers on their way toward breakout campaigns next season.