Training Camp Battles That Will Shape the 2012-13 NBA Season

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Training Camp Battles That Will Shape the 2012-13 NBA Season
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The contending teams in the NBA are pretty apparent: the Los Angeles teams, the Miami Heat, the Oklahoma City Thunder, the New York squads, the Indiana Pacers and a few others. Many of them have positional battles that will determine their overall quality.

If an NBA team is calling itself a contender, nine times out of 10 its starting five is already set. However, we can't overlook the importance of the role players and key reserves that often shift momentum in the postseason.

Mike Miller played a huge role for the Heat in their NBA championship run this past season. Teams need spark plugs that ignite them offensively and defensively, and these guys aren't falling from trees. Finding the right guys to place in those situations is key.

Some teams have multiple players that appear to be capable of filling those roles, but there are only so many minutes to go around.

Here are six examples of top-flight NBA teams with players battling for what could be crucial minutes.

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