The ball drops about a billion times during the NBA season, but there's one rather significant ball drop as the clocks hit midnight and transition from the 2013 portion of the 2013-14 campaign to the one that takes place in 2014.
We leave behind a year that's seen LeBron James solidify his place atop the rankings, regardless of position. The 12 months that have allowed Stephen Curry, Paul George, Anthony Davis, John Wall, Damian Lillard and many others to emerge as stars are gone, and there's no telling what the new ones will usher in.
Maybe the 25 players occupying the featured spots in this article will hold steady throughout the year (probably not). Maybe the guys in the honorable mentions will start earning them, supplanting their more seasoned and better counterparts.
Maybe we have no idea who the studs will be by the time we're looking back on 2014, just as we're currently doing with 2013.
Regardless, the rankings have changed since the last edition, and they'll probably do the same thing next time we glance at the top five at each position.
Stagnancy usually just isn't an option in the NBA.
Note: All stats, unless otherwise indicated, come from Basketball-Reference and ESPN and are current as of Dec. 31.