In a brutal shortened season with so few days off and a hectic schedule complete with frequent back-to-backs and even the rare back-to-back-to-back gauntlet thrown in, teams are going to be tested and star players overworked.
This year more than others, depth and complete starting lineups will be the key to surviving the regular season and ensuring good playoff position.
The league's top stars will still carry their teammates most nights, but with injuries, nicks and bruises and fatigue already having played such a factor, it's clear that complete rosters, quality depth and young legs are going to have atypical impact in determining playoff seeding.
Therefore role players and starters not accustomed to stepping up and filling the stat sheet will have to adjust to being called on on a more regular basis.
Here are the most complete starting fives with few or no glaring holes from point guard to center in the Eastern conference.