The official league-wide opening of NBA training camps brings new sustenance for basketball-starved fans, clean slates for all 30 teams and, most importantly, an opportunity for some of the game's brightest young stars to prove they're ready to take the next step.
A handful of up-and-coming franchises are hoping that their relatively untested cornerstones can make the transition from "promising talent" to "organizational centerpiece" this season.
Now, a new crop of candidates will look to do the same.
In some cases, the members of this list are already being paid like franchise players. So guys like DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall will be under a little extra pressure to show their teams that they're worth the investment.
Across the board, these players have elite talent. But they haven't had to make good on the promise of their skills yet. That all changes this season.