Nothing defines a truly great NBA team like depth. Greatness cannot be achieved solely on the backs of the starters, so having a productive second unit is extremely important. Among previous championship winners, each franchise has had at least one or two valuable players off the bench that played a key role in the team's success.
This season, some teams have really gone the extra mile in making sure that their bench is plenty stocked. Be it through a handful of role players or guys who can step in and play starter minutes at the drop of a hat, these deep teams are very well-prepared for a stretch run. More importantly, if a star player should go down, deeper teams won't immediately go into panic mode.
Once the final stretch leading to the playoffs comes around, however, the teams with depth will have a true advantage. The whole reason they have such a deep bench is to forge a balanced attack and show some variety against the opposition. Should the deepest of the teams make the playoffs, that's when their real overall talent will be most evident.
Read on to find out which teams are most comfortable rotating subs in relief of their starters.