As fans, writers, bloggers and faux head coach/general managers, we all love to criticize and analyze the impact of a player and what we would do in that situation.
More often than not, the coaches understand the game of basketball better than us, but that doesn't stop us from voicing our opinions on who should be in the starting lineup, fourth quarter, or taking the last shot. And rightfully so, we are just fans, even the people who write.
We don't necessarily take in the aspect of a players' mentality, the confidence they gain from minutes played, and their development because we aren't a part of the process.
Keeping that in mind, there are phases of the game we can take from simply watching the games themselves. For example, we can keep track of the style of play, and monitor the minutes. What's most important is watching how a coach handles his players.
Even though there may be times a player plays 30+ minutes in a game, we see the coach take them out because of a defensive breakdown. That's not necessarily fair to the young player, especially if the team isn't bound for the playoffs. A young player may struggle but they are much better working through their struggles than being nailed to the bench.
There are eight extreme cases, ranked from normal to most egregious, in today's NBA that highlight how coaches are mishandling the young talent on their teams.