We've grown weary here of speaking highly of the NBA's top starters.
Why do the starters get all the credit? Unless they're the Miami Heat, the starters only do half the work and it's up to the players off the bench if that team comes out victorious or not. If you have a bench that has two or three players who can consistently score, rebound and defend, you're going to have a successful team.
There aren't many bad teams out there with a bench that's featuring quality players, since they would be the reason why they wouldn't be a bad team anymore. It's not true in every team's case, though, as many squads can survive without a star off the bench.
It is, however, definitely helpful to have a sixth man who can perform well on a consistent basis.
The sixth man can basically be considered an extension of the starting lineup. The majority of the league's sixth men could find a starting job on most teams and could argued to be switched off the bench with someone in the starting lineup.
However, sometimes it's better just to have a quick spark off the pine, whether in terms of scoring or defending.
So let's give credit to the NBA's sixth men as we rank every team's top contributor off the bench.