2012-13 finish: 66-16.
The Heat propped up its three-peat hopes with two balky knees and a whiff of controversy. Oden has already encountered knee swelling in his bid to play for the first time since 2009, enshrouding his return in further doubt.
2012-13 finish: 49-32.
An offense that seemed stuck in molasses suddenly might be on the verge of warp speed with the return of former All-Star Danny Granger and an infusion of talent for the bench. Scola will annoy opponents with his floppy hair and his shooting (career field-goal percentage: .504), Watson is an upgrade at backup point guard and Copeland will stretch defenses with his three-point shooting.
2012-13 finish: 45-37.
Bulls fans haven't been this excited about a comeback since Michael Jordan's business manager sent out a two-word fax: "I'm back." Derrick Rose looks plenty capable of carrying the hopes of a city on his surgically repaired knee, if several vintage preseason performances are any indication.
2012-13 finish: 49-33.