After down years in 2012-13, some of the NBA's best talents are prepared to return to form this season.
There are plenty of reasons a onetime star could have an outlying poor performance—even one that lasts an entire 82-game schedule. Injuries knocked some of these guys out entirely or left them shells of themselves on the court, while others underperformed due to incompatibility with a team's scheme or a good old-fashioned funk.
This time will be different. The walking wounded are healthy again. Guys in need of a change of scenery have moved to new organizations. The slumping players are looking to prove last season was an aberration.
We'll see if they all pull it off, but they all have plenty of potential to do so.