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.
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
10. Kevin Garnett
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
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
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
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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