Assuming a starting role is a gargantuan responsibility in the NBA, and there are a number of players who are no longer up to the task.
The goal of every team in the league should be to put the best possible product on the floor, beginning from tip-off. Starting lineups set the tone for the game and often decide its outcome.
However, what if a player is no longer up to the demanding nature of such a role? What if a team makes the wrong decision on who to start? Or what if an athlete was never fit for such duty to begin with?
Teams can ill afford to have severely weak links in their starting rotation; liabilities in the starting lineup can prove costly down the road.
That is why if a player is not suited to perform up to the standards of such a role, he must be relegated to the bench.
Starters were determined using ESPN's 2011-2012 team Depth Charts.