October is one of the best months in professional sports. For football fans, it’s when the regular season gets into full swing. For baseball fans, it means playoff time. And for basketball fans, October is when we get hype about the upcoming NBA season and start tracking all the important storylines. Are the Warriors a sure lock to win the NBA championship? Who is this year’s breakout team? This year's breakout player? Most likely to disappoint?

With NBA basketball on the horizon, we decided to take a closer look at guys with the most pressure to perform. Whether they're coming off an injury, controversy, or looking at a pivotal contract year, these are the players who have the most to prove this season.