Team: Chicago Bulls
2012-13 stats: N/A (Injured)

One of the biggest—if not the biggest—storylines to start the 2013-14 NBA season will be the return of Derrick Rose, the only man not named LeBron James to win an MVP since 2008. Rose's much-anticipated return to the court after suffering a torn ACL in the 2012 playoffs has been the subject of constant analysis and debate for practically an entire calendar year, and in the preseason this year he has looked every bit the dynamic player he was before getting hurt. His return makes the Bulls one of the East's elite, and a legitimate threat to Miami's reign atop the NBA.