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

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6. Paul George

Apr 24, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) brings the ball up court against Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague (0) during game two of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Atlanta 113-98. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

21.6 PPG, 10 RPG, 4.6 APG

After a breakout regular season, George is showing much of the same in the playoffs. His assists are slightly up and his scoring is as well, but the most impressive stat is his rebounding.  After opening the postseason with a triple-double, George is averaging a double-double, ranks eighth in rebounds per game in the playoffs and has helped the Pacers kill Atlanta on the boards. He has stepped up in the playoffs, which is reflected in his PER of 24.18 (16.84 in the regular season).

 

5. James Harden

Apr 27, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) gets the ball on a fast break during the second quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder during game three in the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

26.4 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 4 APG

Could he really do it to his old team? Harden’s numbers haven’t really changed that much in the playoffs – his assists are down, his rebounding is up, and he is still a scoring machine. He had a bit of a nightmare of a night in game 4, when he scored just 15 points and had 10 turnovers, but other than that he has been the same old Harden. With a hobbled Jeremy Lin, more pressure falls on the beard and it will be interesting to see if Houston can pull off the upset.

 

4. Brook Lopez

Apr 29, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) fouls Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) during the second quarter in game five of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

22.5 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 1.5 APG

Brook has been awesome. His 3.2 blocks per game essentially ties him with Serge Ibaka at the top of the shot blocking rankings and Lopez has been one of the few attractive things in this tedious Chicago Bulls – Brooklyn Nets series. Despite being up against Joakim Noah (yes, he is hurt, but still) Lopez is putting up some major numbers across the board. There’s just something about a 7-footer hitting turnaround jumpers like it’s nothing.

 

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