10 NBA Bench Players Ready for Starting Roles

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10 NBA Bench Players Ready for Starting Roles
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Omer Asik has elite defender potential.

Every year we look forward to seeing which players will step up into starting roles and begin to develop as true starters in the NBA.  Most of the players in this slideshow fit that standard and are guys who are now going to have more responsibilities thrust upon themselves in full-time starting roles.

That's part of the story.  The story within the story of these guys starting is to see how well they can address their deficiencies as players and develop into the kind of talents that their teams can rely on in the future. 

Even veterans have things to work on, and all of these players will need to work on different aspects of their games to either retain their newly acquired starting roles or, in some cases, catapult themselves on the depth chart.

Rebuilding teams seek to play guys with the highest potential but can only damage themselves so much in the short term.  This slideshow will look at a handful of younger players and a few veterans who must prove themselves ready to be full-time starters, either for the first time in their career, or again, in the case of a certain Bulls guard.

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