Life isn't easy for NBA superstars.
Sure there are obvious perks to the job: playing basketball for a living, six-, seven- or eight-figure contracts, the benefits afforded to a life in the spotlight.
But not all that glitters is gold.
Their life's work can be lost in an instant. Injuries, opportunities and fits all factor into the lifespan of their playing careers, never mind the influx of talented hopefuls looking to claim their roster spots each year.
Finding a path to the NBA is hard enough; sustaining a career is even more challenging. Players need to always stay one step ahead of the curve, work on maximizing their strengths and minimizing their weaknesses.
Any player, no matter how talented, always has room to grow. Some have more glaring holes in their game than others, but all have at least one area in need of improvement.
*To compile this list of the league's top-100 players, a number of factors come into play. Proven production carries a lot of weight, but so too does potential as this is meant to look ahead at the upcoming season. Transactions had to be taken into account, both for the adjustments in systems and the expanded or decreased roles. Existing injuries were considered, but weighed heavier on players with a history of medical red flags.
**All statistics, unless otherwise noted, used courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com, HoopData.com, 82games.com and NBA.com.
***Disagree with my rankings, feel free to let me know how and why in the comments section below.