The prime-time starters carry the team. The second and third guys off the bench help complete it.
Entering the 2013-14 season, the stars for Michigan State are obvious and known on a national level: senior forward/center Adreian Payne and sophomore shooting guard Gary Harris.
Spartans coach Tom Izzo can't live without them. Unfortunately for him, this season is the last for Payne and most likely the end for Harris. A seventh run to the Final Four will largely depend on the duo's production.
Harris and Payne are expected to contend for Big Ten player-of-the-year honors. National-player-of-the-year accolades aren't out of the question, either.
Picking the top two is the easy part. Naming three more must-haves can get difficult. Players on this list had to have played meaningful minutes during the 2012-13 season. That means 2013 recruits Gavin Schilling and Alvin Ellis, although needed, won't make the list.
Two have already been given away, but thumb through this slideshow to find out the identities of the other three essential Spartans.