Far too often, NBA players are held to a certain standard based simply on the positions that they play. Historical precedent and the perils of groupthink have led some basketball fans to believe that certain positions must fill certain roles.
Point guards are supposed to distribute the basketball to teammates. Shooting guards are supposed to shoot the ball from the outside. Small forwards should be athletic and well-rounded. Power forwards should provide offense on the interior and rebound. Centers should rebound, play defense and block shots.
That's a load of you-know-what.
As long as you're getting positive production from your players, and the playing styles and types of production mesh well with the other members of the roster, you're going to have a successful team.
Just once I'd love to see a team go to the playoffs with a score-first point guard, a shooting guard who can't shoot, a small forward who leads the team in rebounds, a point-forward and an offensively-oriented center. It would blow the minds of the traditionalists.
These 10 stars have managed to carve out a lot of success even without succumbing to the conventions of their positions (if they even have positions).