How many yachts can owner Mikhail Prokhorov water-ski behind? Not nearly as many now that his team will pay a record $183 million in payroll and luxury taxes, a sum that would make even fictional tycoon Gordon Gekko queasy. But if greed is good, as Gekko's catchphrase goes, then this team should be terrific if rookie coach Kidd can handle a roster of contemporaries.
5. New York
2012-13 finish: 54-28.
Tabloid headline writers may have emerged the biggest winners of the summer when World Peace, a native of Queens, decided to come home. Early efforts have included "PEACE ACCORD" and "WaRRin' Peace Brother." Concerns about Amare Stoudemire's knee and Carmelo Anthony's contract status could be seasonlong downers, though.
2012-13 finish: 24-58.
Reunited and it feels so … good? Brown and Bynum are together again, two years after the 7-footer enjoyed his most productive NBA season while playing for Brown with the Lakers. If Bynum actually plays after sitting out all of last season and Anderson Varejao can avoid another freak injury, then the Cavaliers will be this season's biggest breakthrough.
2012-13 finish: 44-38.
The Hawks are like a terminal inside Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport; everyone is either coming or going. One season after the team welcomed nine new players, it will have at least seven new faces for its opener. Smith's departure ushers in the Millsap era.
2012-13 finish: 29-53.