Whether it's through locker room presence and leadership throughout the grueling regular season or if it's through wisdom and experience come playoff time, teams need veterans to make sure the ship stays afloat in the most trying times.
From backup center to end of rotation wing player, there are a lot of roles vets have traditionally filled for championship teams.
here are four other veterans who should end up on a roster before the season comes to an end.
Jamal Crawford is certainly long in the tooth, but he's gone almost his entire career staying healthy throughout the season and showing an ability to get a bucket whenever he feels.
No, he's not the most efficient player, but he is the type of guy who can go get a bucket when you need it, and there is always room for a player like that in the league. It's a big reason why Joe Johnson is getting a shot with the Pistons after a year out of the league.
But with how well he played for half the season in Memphis last campaign, somebody should at least give him a ring before the postseason starts if not sooner.
And if he is forced into minutes, he's going to defend and pass well if nothing else. And who doesn't like a big man who will protect the rim and share the ball?
In a bench role, Shumpert can give slightly fewer minutes than he did a year ago and be a serviceable wing player for defensive purposes.
At minimum, Shumpert can be a locker room presence who can help explain to a team what it takes to win a title from the start of the year to the finish.
He served as LeBron's main three-and-D guy and that's a role he can take on again with slightly less responsibility.
And now is the perfect time for somebody to commit to JR. They don't need him to be a starter or even the best player on the bench. You just need J.R. to be J.R. and as proof of 2016, that can help a team win a title.
Besides, it's not like he's not going to forget the score every game.