The NBA players poised to make big comebacks in 2013-14 all missed considerable time last season due to injury.
Of those highlighted on this list, three combined to appear in only 48 regular-season contests, and the other two have not played since 2011-12.
Aches and pains slowed players like Dwight Howard to an extent, while injuries were also responsible for ruining the postseason plans of others like Russell Westbrook and Kobe Bryant, but they were all excluded after being fortunate enough to take part in the majority of their teams' games during the 2012-13 campaign.
Rajon Rondo was also left out because his return date is not as clearly defined at the moment.
Each player featured is ranked according to his projected impact as he returns to the hardwood this fall.