Forget about the Draconids and the Orionids. If you're looking for some real shooting stars—and not just collections of ice and dust flittering across the cosmos—then you'd best keep your eye trained not on the night sky, but rather on the NBA.
The league's roll of superstars is as long as it's been in some time, thanks to a tremendous influx of talent over the last decade. That parade of premier players has set up the 2013-14 season to be among the most exciting in recent memory, with no shortage of competitive clubs to keep things interesting.
But even the best of the best in the Association can't escape questions and concerns. The league's elite all expect to compete for (and win) championships, though only a select few can realistically count themselves among legitimate title contenders in any given year.
What's the difference, then, between the best-case and worst-case scenarios for basketball's biggest names? Read on to find out!