Until recently, James Harden was a superstar being forced to play the part of the role player.
On the Oklahoma City Thunder, he was the third offensive option, an option that came off the bench no less.
With the Houston Rockets, however, he is something more. Something much more.
Not only has he assumed a starting role, but he's become the first offensive option and the face—beard and all—of the entire franchise.
Now that his situation has been resolved, though, there's a slightly surprising, yet inevitable realization we must come to—he was not alone.
There are plenty of other studs in the league playing third-fiddle to a host of other scorers.
Like Harden, though, these offensively gifted players will one day become the primary option for which their current—or future—teams will build around.