Across the NBA, a new crop of budding stars are getting fitted for their big-boy pants.
The guys on this list aren't all in the same developmental phase; some are already knocking at the door of stardom, while others are simply trying to fit into smaller—albeit important—roles for their teams. But every single one of them has the skills to make a major impact this season.
What's more, they're all in a position where failure to do so will have franchise-altering consequences.
For example, Anthony Davis has to help the New Orleans Pelicans become respectable right now, DeMarcus Cousins has to make a leap in order to drag the Kings out of the Western Conference's basement, and DeAndre Jordan has to raise his game in order to give the Los Angeles Clippers a real shot at a title.
Pressure is a part of every NBA player's daily routine, but these guys are facing more than most this season.