Believe it or not, the 2013-14 NBA season has just about reached the halfway mark. By this time next week, every team in the Association will have played at least 40 games, with many more officially crossing into the second batch of 41 on the schedule.
It's only natural, then, for us to take stock of what's transpired over the first two-and-a-half months of what's been a strange campaign to say the least, albeit with an eye toward the immediate future.
You don't have to be a starry-eyed optimist to believe that the best is yet to come. Once the All-Star Game passes, clubs across the league will be gearing up for one push or another—be it into the playoffs or within range of the No. 1 pick in the 2014 draft.
But before we get too caught up in prognosticating the future, let's have a look at where every squad stands in mid-January.