Every basketball player wants to crack his team's starting five. It's a vote of confidence from the coach, telling the player that he's trusted to get the team out to a fast start and set the desired tempo from the opening tip.
Not everyone can start, though.
These players still provide a lot of quality time for their teams off the bench. All of them have made five or fewer starts through games of Jan. 8.
They're not often on the court for the first minute, but they do get a lot of time in the final minutes, which are often even more important.
(Players are presented alphabetically.)