Strange but true fact: The Mavericks are only two years removed from an NBA title. Sad but true reality: It's probably going to take a lot longer for them to become contenders again. Their latest makeover has left them with a mishmash of parts that aren't going to add up to much in what could be Dirk Nowitzki's final season here.
2012-13 finish: 28-54.
Going: Coach Keith Smart, Tyreke Evans.
Having been granted a reprieve from moving to Seattle, the Kings cannot escape being once again unfit for NBA competition. Their prospects were dicey even before Landry suffered a torn hip flexor that could sideline him for the season's first four months. There's also the matter of how Malone will coexist with the capricious DeMarcus Cousins.
2012-13 finish: 43-39.
Wait, so the Jazz actually meant to acquire past-their-prime Richard Jefferson and Biedrins and their combined $20 million in salary? If this is what it takes to take a stab at drafting Andrew Wiggins and give youngsters Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter a shot at carrying the team, well, get ready for lots of losses along the way.
2012-13 finish: 25-57.
The Gortat trade leaves Phoenix without four of its top five scorers from last season, signaling a white-flag approach. Okafor's scoring average has dropped in each of the last six seasons and he sat out the entire preseason with a herniated disk in his neck that will sideline him indefinitely.