Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
We're keeping players returning from big injuries in a separate category, as the purpose of these rankings is to highlight the stars who are wearing new uniforms for their season debuts.
But, of course, there are a few prominent players whom you'd undoubtedly be wondering about, so we're covering them here. Below you can find the five most anticipated returns from injury, along with a list of other notable players who fit into this category.
5. Andrew Bynum, Cleveland Cavaliers
4. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
It'll be a breath of fresh air for Thunder fans when their star point guard returns to action after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair a loose stick pushed back his expected debut.
That first explosive dunk will be greeted with so many cheers that the Chesapeake Energy Arena might need to have some repairs done.
3. Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics
Rondo hasn't missed enough time to challenge the top two here, but he's still in a class well above everyone else.
After witnessing Avery Bradley playing point guard and Jeff Green serving as the team's best player throughout the start of the season, Boston fans might be begging for Rondo to come back and play on one leg.
2. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers just won't be the same until the Mamba is back in action.
There's been plenty of speculation about when he'll return, but no one is certain yet. Here's hoping that when he's ready to go, he doesn't even announce his plans and just steps onto the court after warm-ups to surprise everyone.
1. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
This should be pretty obvious.
Derrick Rose is a former MVP, one of the most popular players in the NBA and a point guard capable of pushing the Chicago Bulls past the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference. And he's sat out for an entire season.
Forget about the roof repairs that the Chesapeake Energy Arena would need when Westbrook dunks at home. Bulls fans might end up blowing the roof entirely free from the United Center when Rose's name is announced for the home opener.
Others worth mentioning: Lou Williams, Atlanta Hawks; Danilo Gallinari, Denver Nuggets; Brandon Jennings, Detroit Pistons; J.R. Smith, New York Knicks; Trey Burke, Utah Jazz