With Christmas Day games behind us (and, thankfully, the Christmas Day jerseys), enough of the 2013-14 season has come to pass that we can legitimately start drawing conclusions about the identities of the 30 teams making up the NBA.
We can start pinpointing the contenders and the pretenders, even with a number of teams dealing with injuries to prominent players. But before doing any of that, we have to look back first.
How have the teams fared thus far? Have they met, exceeded or failed to live up to the expectations that accompanied them heading into the latest campaign?
It's always important to remember that expectations matter when playing teacher and handing out some grades. Not all records are created equal, as a .500 mark looks far different from a surprisingly good team than it does from a team struggling to put all the talented pieces together.
Now, let's get out those red pens.
Note: All stats, unless otherwise indicated, are current as of Dec. 27 and come from Basketball-Reference.