Depending on the composition of any given NBA lineup, it may be at times necessary, due to injury, underperformance or a litany of other reasons, to jam a square peg into a round hole.
Playing an NBA star out of position is not just done out of necessity, but at times utilized to exploit certain matchups or to game-plan against a specific offense.
For the team, it may be the best option, but for the player it has to be frustrating as hell sometimes to be crammed into a spot where you just don't fit ideally.
While playing out of position may be a pain, it's a good opportunity to prove your worth to your team and increase your own value by way of displaying your versatility.
In perhaps the most famous "out of position" game in NBA history, Magic Johnson stepped out of the point guard role to play center in game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals for the Los Angeles Lakers in a winning effort over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Johnson, normally the point guard, put up 42 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists despite being pushed way out of his comfort zone.
The following five players may never duplicate Johnson's game 6 production, but they are the most obvious examples of NBA ballers playing out of their normal position.