Every year, there are new players that step up not only their game, but their leadership abilities from the year before and lead their respective teams to greener pastures, or hardwood.
The media's obsession with crowning the phrase "his team" on any player is especially prevalent for these eight players.
This year's crop of players are not only extremely talented, but have been severely underrated and overlooked for the past several years. They have the ability to take the pressure and thrive under it.
Be it opportunity due to injury or depth vacancies, they now have their chance to show their wares on a brighter stage, as their team's best and most important player.
It may be a point guard league now, as four out of these eight are their team's quarterback, but we will not discount the ability of a defensive-minded center or elite two-way swingman to change the identity of their respective teams.
It isn't very often that a team loses its captain in the offseason or holds gaping holes in its leadership department, but these eight players are poised to take over that role and excel.