Chris Bosh, Paul Millsap, Larry Sanders and the rest of the NBA's most overlooked sidekicks are everywhere, but because of the bright lights that follow their more popular teammates around, they've been spending a little too much time in the shade.
An appreciative nod from a slideshow probably won't change that. But hey, it couldn't hurt.
The criteria here are simple: The player must work alongside a teammate (or two) that garners a hefty portion of the spotlight. Whether said star's notoriety is deserved or not is beside the point; we're not concerned with dragging down undeserving big names.
We're interested in building up the players who aren't getting the shine they're owed.
These sidekicks earn points by proving that they've got the ability to help their teams in meaningful ways. And there'll be extra credit if they've stepped up in the absence of their club's marquee talents.
It's time to sing the praises of the league's heretofore unsung heroes.