I thought the Lance Thomas article linked below is a terrific read for both coaches and players. Lance Thomas went undrafted after winning the 2010 National Championship at Duke. Thomas was committed to playing in the NBA and turned down some very good European opportunities to navigate his way through the D-League. This is a good article for coaches to pass on to their role players to give them a perspective from a player who relishes the complementary role he plays for his team.
I believed that there were four things in particular that I could do that would help me reach the NBA.
1. Be vocal
2. Master the intangibles
3. Guard the other team’s best player
4. Work on your weaknesses
For more on making it as a roles/coming off the bench:
-Tyronn Lue on role allocation (LINK)
-Inside the mind of Tony Allen (LINK)
-How Andre Iguodala turned the NBA Finals (LINK)
-How Paul Goldschmidt became MVP candidate through determination (LINK)
-C.J. McCollum seized the moment (LINK)
-Kent Bazemore: from undrafted to $70 million (LINK)