10 NBA Players Who Will Have to Prove Their Worth During the 2012-13 Season

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10 NBA Players Who Will Have to Prove Their Worth During the 2012-13 Season
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Mo money, mo problems.

That is, if expectations are at all troublesome to live up to.

Many an NBA player have wilted under the weight of expectations stemming from lucrative new contracts. Chicago Bulls big man Joakim Noah wasn't the first to admit as much when he spoke to The Chicago Tribune last season, and certainly won't be the last.

Certainly not after this summer's free agent frenzy, which featured more than a few players cashing in with plenty still to prove. The new dollar signs attached to them only figure to magnify the attention paid to them and the pressure to follow therein.

Not that any professional basketball player is likely to complain about getting paid millions upon millions to hoop it up for a living, though cash can be cold comfort when one fails to measure up to one's pretty-penny paycheck in the eyes of a team, a fan base and a city.

Whatever problems money poses, these 10 newly-signed (or re-signed) stars will have to overcome them as they attempt to show that they deserve the money handed to them this offseason.

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