A quarter of the way through the season, there are a sampling of bench players who are outplaying their starting counterparts and should have cracked the starting lineup by now.
In compiling this list, substantial consideration was give to include in terms of players like Kevin Martin of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs and Jamal Crawford of the Los Angeles Clippers.
These are clearly "sixth man" players who have a defined role as leading the team off the bench. While they are technically bench players, they play starter minutes and starter roles.
There were two primary considerations in the selection: First, were the players outperforming the person starting in front of them? Second, were they filling a larger role off the bench than they would if they started? Those three players easily met the first of those criteria, but not the second.
Essentially, the aforementioned players aren't on the list because it would be giving them too little credit, so don't take it as a slight. Everyone knows they are good enough to start but are coming off the bench for the sake of the team.
They are more than super-subs. They may not be "starters," but they are "finishers," and they are clearly filling a defined role for their respective teams.
Those on this list either haven't had a chance to prove themselves as starters, or would improve the overall quality of the team if they started.
For this article, all statistics are for reserve minutes only and include data up through the games of December 10, according to basketball-reference.com. Starting stats are not included unless otherwise linked.