Remember when you were in middle school and would get report cards sent home midway through the term?
It's time for the NBA version.
But unlike what happens in the typical classroom, we're not grading every one of the Association's 30 squads on the same scale. Preseason expectations are vitally important, because they can color the perception of two similar records.
For example, the New York Knicks and Washington Wizards are only separated by a half game in the Eastern Conference standings, but they'll be receiving vastly different grades. One of those squads has exceeded expectations and started to expedite a rebuilding process, while the other has underwhelmed mightily.
More than a few teams will want to hang these grades up on a refrigerator, boasting about the score they received. That's especially true in the East, where the conference as a whole has improved behind a host of strong squads.
But at the same time, a handful of organizations will want to hide these reports as soon as they come in the mail.
Note: Teams are listed in order of grade from F to A-plus.