The NBA preseason is a time for growth, a time when teams strive to develop chemistry and, most notably, a time when improbable regular-season heroes are born.
Certain players come into the preseason with little to no expectations and with no guarantees as to where they will fit upon its conclusion.
Which is why for them, the preseason means everything and nothing at the same time.
Because while the games mean nothing, the stats, the displays of athleticism and the ability to stand out in general means something.
Yet, regardless of performance, they'll still go overlooked as the regular season approaches; they may earn themselves a spot in the rotation, but they won't be held in immediate high-regard.
And from that heap of doubt, the true gamers will emerge.
They'll be the ones up to the challenge of proving their continuous doubters wrong, silencing the critics and skeptics, and ultimately embarking on what is an unexpectedly successful campaign.