5 NBA Starters That Would Be Better Off The Bench

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Feb 20, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors forward Rudy Gay (22) and Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) during a break in the action against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Air Canada Centre. Memphis defeated Toronto 88-82. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Many NBA teams are done making moves this offseason and we have a pretty clear picture of what kind of starting lineups every team will put on the floor for the 2013-14 NBA season. Things can still change and coaches can certainly change their minds about who they want to start, but the projected starting lineups are pretty clear.

Across the league, there are several players who would probably be better coming off the bench than starting, and that is not necessarily a sign that we are talking about a bad player — several different factors can determine whether a player is more effective in a starting position or leading the bench unit.

Some teams have very stacked starting lineups and so bringing a starting scorer off the bench could allow the team to share the ball more effectively. Some players are also just a better fit coming off the bench and providing instant offense. Here are 5 projected starters that would probably be better off in a sixth man role.

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