In the world of NBA basketball, reputations take the place of the nicknames doled out to notable athletes pounding the pavement during street basketball games.
Despite having the world's best scouts, coaches, front offices and analysts dissecting each 48 minute snapshot of the 82-game season, players can still bank off an impressive season (or even stretch of play) in contract negotiations or minutes earned in a rotation.
Perhaps due to the wealth of information available on the 400-plus players who make up the NBA's player personnel during any given season, some guys are able to sneak by on the strength of past performances. The seemingly unending supply of data can be twisted and manipulated into making these players appear capable of repeating those performances or, in some cases, close to cashing on the gobs of potential that brought them to this league in the first place.
Much like those colorful nicknames, reputations are as hard to shake as they are to establish. And for this group of players, that's something they are staking their careers on.
All stats used in this article are accurate as of 11/18/2012.