Opportunity and fit are two of the biggest caveats when discussing the impact of the influx of talent brought by the NBA draft each season.
But somehow those two words fail to carry the same meaning for players who have already punched their NBA tickets.
Surely, there are players in this league whose careers have been stunted or nearly derailed by their opportunity to see the floor or their fit within their coach's system. With players like Earl Clark of the Los Angeles Lakers and Jeremy Lin of the Houston Rockets both overturning their early career projections by finding the right situation to highlight their skill set, NBA executives are tasked with finding the next undiscovered gem.
It's part of the reason why there is so much excitement surrounding the league's trade deadline. Teams have film and an ungodly amount of statistics available to them, but those things don't always unmask the inherent limitations of a player working outside of his natural role.
Some of these players badly need a fresh start. The luster surrounding their careers has faded and a change of scenery is the only way to restore their shine.
Others are simply looking to carve out their niche in this league. The minutes that aren't available on their current team could be waiting for them elsewhere.