NBA Players Whose Grace Period Is Ending In 2014-15

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May 6, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder player Kevin Durant speaks after receiving the MVP trophy at Thunder Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

May 6, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder player Kevin Durant speaks after receiving the MVP trophy at Thunder Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

The career arc of an NBA player can be broken down into many stages. Perhaps no part of their career is as vital as that of the grace period.

While some are given a shorter leash than others, this term refers to the time in which players perform without severe consequences. Said athletes face criticism, but either their upside or production—or a combination of the two—is enough to prevent ultimatums.

As time passes and experience grows, the level of forgiveness progressively declines. Flaws and blemishes become career-defining weaknesses that overshadow the positives.

In 2014-15, the grace period will end for the following five players. How will they respond?

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