Clifford, the Bobcats' third coach in three years, has a singular talent his predecessors didn't in Jefferson, who will be the focal point of the offense. Veteran Ben Gordon gets a fresh start after warring with Duncan. Owner Michael Jordan described Zeller as "a connector like [Josh] McRoberts, only more talented." Not sure how that went over with McRoberts.
2012-13 finish: 20-62.
Coming: Victor Oladipo, Jason Maxiell, Ronnie Price.
Going: Hedo Turkoglu, Al Harrington, Beno Udrih.
Year 2 of the Dwight Howard Hangover doesn't figure to be much better than Year 1. Tobias Harris and Nikola Vucevic give the Magic a pair of emerging talents, but there's not much quality depth. It may not be long before fans start rooting for losses to improve the team's odds of drafting the franchise savior that is Andrew Wiggins.
2012-13 finish: 41-40.
Coming: Coach Brad Stevens, Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Keith Bogans, MarShon Brooks, Vitor Faverani, Kelly Olynyk.
This season may make Celtics fans long for the days of Rick Pitino and Antoine Walker. Rajon Rondo may not be back from knee surgery before early 2014, which figures to be a long year here regardless.
2012-13 finish: 34-48.
The only thing generating more boos than this team could be Bynum when he returns with Cleveland on Nov. 8. The departure of Bynum (after zero games as a 76er) and All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday, plus Noel's injury, which will keep him sidelined this season, has left fans with little to root for.