We already know about the big-market stars and up-and-coming studs in the NBA. Their faces are plastered nearly everywhere you look, whether it be on billboards, television commercials or sports websites. There is no need to bring those guys to your attention.
However, which small-market players should we look out for in 2013-14? Which youngsters on relatively obscure or poor teams are poised to break out this season?
Unfortunately for the players we are about to discuss, recognition is quite hard to come by. It's not fair, but that's the nature of sports. Clearly, those who are in larger media markets are going to garner the most consideration.
Let's at least attempt to level the playing field here.
NOTE: In this article, "small-market" teams are defined as ballclubs who do not garner much media attention. This could be due to the fact that they play in a smallish city, are not a big-spending franchise or if they are overlooked by most because they are not exactly what one would call "good" teams.
To further illustrate the point, examples of big-market squads include the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets.