NBA Playoffs: Top 10 Best Players Of the Postseason So Far

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Apr 24, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) talks with Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant in the second half during game two of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

With the 2013 NBA Playoffs in full swing, a lot of superstars have stepped up and put up some big-time performances to carry their teams. Even some players who have not quite achieved a superstar status, have gotten better with the spotlight shining bright. Here are the top 10 best performers of the short postseason sample so far.

Honorable mentions:

Ty Lawson – Early exit and a bit inconsistent

Tony Parker – Only 4 games and played against Lakers

Carlos Boozer – Was on my initial list, but just missed out. Been great though.

Deron Williams – Quite solid across the board. Bit of a snub.

Serge Ibaka – Ibaka with the BLOCKA

Andre Iguodala – Was very solid on both ends of the floor

Z-Bo and Marc Gasol – Two-headed beast

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10. Kevin Garnett

Apr 28, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics center Kevin Garnett (5) and shooting guard Jason Terry (4) celebrate against the New York Knicks during game four of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

12.2 PPG, 14.4 RPG, 3.6 APG

KG has been instrumental as the Boston Celtics have stolen the last two games against the New York Knicks. His scoring hasn’t been that impressive but consistent nonetheless. He is shooting 43.5% from mid-range, which is slightly lower than his season average, but he makes up for it by leading the league in rebounding in the playoffs.

 

9. Carmelo Anthony

May 1, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) takes a shot over Boston Celtics power forward Brandon Bass (30) during the second half in game five of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. The Celtics won the game 92-86. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

30.8 PPG, 5 RPG, 1.2 APG

Yes, Anthony has carried his offensive onslaught into the postseason and is the second-leading scorer with 30.8 ppg. No, he does not deserve to rank higher up this list. Let’s put this into perspective. Anthony is (by far) leading everyone in shot attempts in the playoffs, with 27.4 per game. More perspective: on his own, Melo has taken almost 40 more shots than Dwyane Wade and LeBron James have managed to put up together. Anthony is dishing out 1.2 assists per game, has not assisted more than twice in one game and is shooting below 40% from the field and below 30% from the 3-point line.

 

8. Mike Conley

Apr 27, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11) celebrates after making a shot against the Los Angeles Clippers during game four of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at the FedEx Forum. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

16.2 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 8.6 APG

You just have to love the way Conley has kept the poor Memphis offense going in the last few games. Game 3 was clearly an off-game, as he shot just 1-9, but he still dished out 10 assists. His horrendous shooting stats over the first 5 games don’t do him any justice, but he has been very solid.

 

7. Chris Paul

Apr 27, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) motions to his team in the first half against the Memphis Grizzlies during game four of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at the FedEx Forum. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

21.8 PPG, 6 APG, 4 RPG

It’s kind of weird putting Chris Paul this low. He is the best point guard in the league and he has been pretty darn good this postseason. His career playoff average is close to 20-10, so his assists are down by quite a lot in this small sample size. The Grizzlies’ terrific defense hurts Paul in these rankings, but he has still been great.

 

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