6. Paul George
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
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
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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