Being considered one of the NBA's best sixth men is something of an unglamorous distinction.
While there is some level of recognition among hardcore basketball fans, it only goes so far. These are the guys you won't typically find on the NBA's official All-Star ballots, nor will you see them in any of the promotional materials distributed by the league.
That said, without the contributions of these key reserves, their respective teams would be much worse off. The life of a backup isn't always ideal, but for a select few, it could ultimately pay off in the form of the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award at the end of the 2012-13 season.
Note: Stats used in this article were accurate as of Saturday morning (Nov. 17).