Few sports terms are thrown about with careless abandon more than "role player," the all-encompassing description that can be used to illustrate pretty much anyone other than a team's stars.
Whether it's by coming off the bench or via a starting position, certain players who aren't asked to do everything end up getting labeled as a role player, especially in basketball.
But being able to provide some scoring punch in a reserve role, or being just a great rebounder or defensive stopper can only last for so long. Eventually, some of those role players have to take on bigger, well...roles.
Whether they can meet those expectations is unknown, but an enhanced function has to be looked at as a great opportunity. We've identified 10 of these so-called role players from this past season who likely will be asked to do much more in 2014-15 season.
(NOTE: Years listed for each player are as of the 2014-15 season.)