The last time we sized up the way the league's best and worst stacked up against one another, 16 teams still had a chance—however small it may have been—to hoist up the Larry O'Brien Trophy in the middle of June.
Quite a bit has changed since then, but one thing remained quite constant: The San Antonio Spurs, a team that truly defined the concept of "team" while defying the traditional notion that superstars have to lead the charge, remained a dominant squad. They handled the competition throughout the postseason, which culminated in a defeat of the two-time defending champion Miami Heat.
Yes, the Heat's chances of a three-peat went up in a puff of smoke, replaced by a smiling Tim Duncan, who finally earned a chance to adorn his thumb with the fifth ring of his storied career.
Now, we enter the offseason and move into the months filled with endless speculation, roster changes, drafted prospects and plenty more. But before we embark upon that journey, let's take one last look at where everyone stands.