As the 2012 NBA playoffs begin, coaches of contending teams like the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers will have a plethora of questions on their mind. Of these questions, one may be more vital than the rest: how deep and talented is the bench?
The sixth man of every team often sees his share of fame throughout the season and playoffs, but a bench runs much deeper than that single player.
Contributing quality production with limited minutes proves to be a pivotal aspect for any team's success come late April. Whether it is filling in for a resting player, taking over a role due to an unfortunate injury or simply just playing as a backup—the bench must at least stay competitive with opposing starters, or the team's championship hopes may become a past dream.
So who has the best benches amongst this year's field of championship hopefuls? Let's find out.