Wave goodbye to 2013.
It was a good year for teams like the Miami Heat (winning a title), Indiana Pacers (watching Paul George develop into a superstar), Houston Rockets (landing Dwight Howard), Golden State Warriors (see: Iguodala, Andre) and so many other squads. But as S.E. Hinton would say, that was then, and this is now.
The calendars have changed to 2014, the ball has dropped at Times Square and we don't have to worry about seeing Ryan Seacrest for another 12 months.
All of a sudden, it's time for a new set of teams to lay claim to the year.
For the purposes of this article, which will identify the 10 teams best set to enjoy a rocking 2014, there are two ways to dominate the year.
A team can experience instant gratification, competing for a title during the 2013-14 season and then either maintaining that dominance during the next season or experiencing a subsequent decline. Or a team can opt for the delayed route, waiting until the offseason to stake its claim as one of those doing the rocking.
Both options are equally valid, and both will inevitably happen.