In the NBA, there exists a tier of players beloved by those who appreciate the rare combination of selflessness and tremendous talent. It takes a special type of individual to humble himself to where, despite his ability, he takes the bench role in stride and understands his job rather than seeing it as a demotion. Affectionately known by fans as the “sixth man,” this type of player is expected to energize the second unit and sustain the tempo established by the starting five.
However, there are some sixth men who are so talented that considering they come off the bench, it’s essentially like having a player of starter-like quality ready to hop in and make an immediate impact.
It should be noted that while some coaches opt to strengthen their bench by having a better offensive player sit, sometimes there are guys who simply should be starting.
Let’s acknowledge five solid players who deserve a starting role.