Pressure is an entity that has inspired so many great artists in our time.
As Billy Joel once crooned, "But even you can not avoid...pressure!" Freddie Mercury and David Bowie shared their thoughts on the subject as well, singing about it pushing down on them, among other things.
Well, NBA players are artists in their own rights, and they certainly can't avoid the inescapable clutches of pressure. Especially these top 10 stars, as determined by my last set of player rankings during the offseason.
Each star is under a different amount of scrutiny during the 2013-14 season. Great things are expected from all of them, but we'll inevitably hold some more accountable than others after a failure.
That's why I'm debuting the pressure meter for every one of them.
On the meter, zero percent means that they're under as much pressure as Al Jefferson when hunting after a championship, while 100 percent means that they're in a situation similar to the one LeBron James has faced in every elimination game of his Miami Heat career.
So, let's go through the stars, starting with the man under the least pressure and finishing with the one who is constantly fighting against that intangible entity.