Nobody likes to feel expendable. Unfortunately, some of us are. This is true in the NBA — those who play in the league, and even those who write about it.
Take the writer of this article. He likes to think he’s pretty good. At the same time, if he stopped writing tomorrow, somebody else would start writing these pieces in his place.
Some NBA players are replaceable as well. In the modern NBA, we’re often talking about non-shooting big men who lack defensive versatility. Even the best players in that mold can potentially be replaced.
For example, look at Deandre Ayton of the Phoenix Suns.
If his team viewed him as replaceable, they could be forgiven. At the same time, Ayton is a productive player.
Could the Dallas Mavericks target him?