Contract years are important ones for any NBA player with an expiring contract.
Some succumb to the additional internal pressure. Others thrive in the tougher situations, stepping up and earning themselves a bigger paycheck. They're all under the microscope, but no players have more on the line than these 10 players.
None of these guys will earn max contracts unless some general manager loses his mind, but each of them has a large disparity between his best-case and worst-case scenarios. For example, Luol Deng could either earn a near-max contract after proving that he's still a premier No. 2 option, or he could cede the spotlight to Jimmy Butler and find himself struggling to land another starting role.
Each of these 10 players better be working hard right now. Their NBA futures depend on their success during the 2013-14 campaign, which just so happens to be their contract year.