It's Tuesday morning October 26, and everybody is getting ready for the season opener.
You turn on the television, and to your horror there is breaking news. Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Paul Pierce are missing without a trace.
Everybody is freaking out, but there is no foul play suspected. Hours later, before tip off of the season, another report comes out.
Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki, Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony, Tim Duncan, Brandon Roy and Joe Johnson have disappeared, with similar circumstances.
All of a sudden your TV goes fuzzy, and then a humanoid type figure appears before you, and says.
"We have taken your world's best basketball players to play in an intergalactic basketball league. So we can see if Earth truly has the most gifted athletes. We shall return them at the end of June, when we are finished studying their skills. They will not be harmed in any way. Thank you."
The world is stunned and terrified, by this this transmission. People cry in the streets, families of the players beg our leaders to do something. But nothing can be done.
After several presidential addresses, it is decided that the only thing we can do is wait until the end of June, the time the alien life form promised the safe return of our beloved superstars.
A press conference is held by the NBA. David Stern nervously walks on stage and makes his announcement.
"It is in the best interest of the league, and the rest of the players to continue the season as planned. This is what our men would have wanted, and we must move forward until their safe return. There will be no comments after this." He then turns and walks off.
Now, this is just a story of course. But, how would the top teams in the NBA stack up without their superstars? This is how I think it could play out.