Proven NBA veterans tend to earn seniority over younger teammates by default.
However, those veterans still need to play at a high level. If they don’t, the energetic youngsters who excel off the bench have a shot at earning their starting gigs.
Sometimes, contending teams make the move to get another spark in the lineup. Other times, struggling teams merely want to get young players in the starting five to aid their development.
Regardless of the circumstances, a few NBA veteran starters are on the hot seat. Talented youngsters and overall better options are waiting in the wings, so it’s up to these five veterans to perform well and impress the coaches.