NBA destinies can change in an instant, although some transformations are easier to spot than others.
The Cleveland Cavaliers collected the ultimate prize with the return of four-time MVP LeBron James, but they weren't the only ones to enjoy a fortune-reversing offseason.
Six teams joined the championship discussion this summer. James' Cavaliers were one of four new entries out East, while the gauntlet that is the NBA's Western Conference saw two new contenders enter the equation.
To crack this list, teams needed to make at least one impact move over the offseason. They didn't need to be landscape-shifting transactions. Bringing the King back home obviously has its perks, but so can the right coaching change, draft-day heist or shrewd free-agent investment.
Also, in order to enter the championship race, teams could not have already been a part of it. No team on this list won more than 51 games last season, and only one enjoyed a playoff series win.
With the stage set and criteria laid out, let's take a look at the six legitimate contenders created during the 2014 NBA offseason.