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How to find the NBA's next crop of elite role players

What do scouts look for in modern role players like Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters? Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

There's no question that the NBA is star-driven and trending toward super teams, but more than 90 percent of the league is made up of role players. And the best of those role players are essential additions to any roster.

What do elite role players look like in the modern NBA, and how do scouts find them in the draft?

Here's a breakdown of 13 different types, the desired qualifications, NBA prototypes and potential candidates in the 2018 draft class and beyond.