At the start of every NBA season, fans and analysts alike make predictions about the coming year. Some of those projections, such as LeBron James' and Kevin Durant's MVP candidacy, have become a reality. Others simply have not.
As we enter March, it's safe to say that a number of preseason prophecies won't come to fruition. Kobe Bryant won't be making a dominant return—neither will Derrick Rose—and the rivalry in New York has hardly piqued the interest of the league-wide audience.
Then again, being wrong isn't always a bad thing, as we also assumed the Phoenix Suns would be one of the worst squads in the entire Association.
Nobody should be afraid to speculate, because theories start engaging debates among an entire community of basketball fanatics. That said, nobody wants to be wrong, which is exactly what happened with a handful of predictions before the 2013-14 campaign.