What it means to be a starter in the NBA continues to evolve as dynamically as the game itself.
The Celtics and the Thunder choose to start defensive specialists Courtney Lee/Avery Bradley and Thabo Sefolosha, respectively, and bring the offensive-minded Jason Terry and Kevin Martin off the bench to spark the second unit.
Even though Man Ginobili is just fine with coming off the bench, despite being the third-best player at worst on San Antonio, there is still a reasonable amount of pride associated with being on the floor for tip-off.
So which player on each team has the shortest leash? Stick around, and you'll find out.
It should be noted that I don't think each player chosen will be "demoted" to the bench, per se. In some cases, it may simply be the desire of the player's respective coach to bring a different dynamic to the starting lineup or to shore up either the offense of the defense of the first unit.
After a thorough analysis of each team's roster, the following 30 slides will lay out the current starters who will most likely be riding the pine before the end of the season.