It's all well and good that the NBA has released its schedule for the 2014-15 season, but what good is it to drool over marquee matchups if we don't know which players are actually going to be participating? After all, the NBA is a player's league; its stars are among the most marketable and popular athletes on the planet.
Granted, there's more to the Association than just the big names. Basketball's inherent fluidity makes a superstar's teammates not only of vital importance but also practically inextricable in their efforts from those of the great player they support.
But enough philosophical mumbo jumbo. The point is, if we're really going to start sizing up the best games to be played between late October and mid-April from a perch in mid-August, it would probably help to have a better picture of the specific actors who'll be at the center of the on-court drama.
With that in mind, here's a look at what each team's starting lineup could look like come the fall.