But this season might be different. No top team has a true standout scorer off the bench who fits the mold of winners from seasons past.
The one exception could be Ryan Anderson of the New Orleans Pelicans.
Sure, New Orleans is only 9-9 and has been wildly inconsistent this season. Still, since Anderson’s return to the team, the Pelicans have gone 5-2 and looked very strong.
And with Anthony Davis out indefinitely, Anderson’s role will only increase. He is averaging 28.3 points in three December games – two wins – and has carried the Pelicans since Davis went down. He has started the past two games in place of Davis but likely will fall back to a bench role when The Brow returns.