The NBA playoffs are just around the corner and teams are preparing for the tough battle that lies ahead of them.
Now that the playoff seeds are pretty much set, it is interesting to see which players will come up big for their teams.
The playoffs, like usual, will be heavy with All-Stars. However, the players that make the biggest difference in the playoffs are not always the stars.
The key to winning a championship in the NBA is by getting consistent play from your role players and lesser stars. This type of player is also known as an "X-factor." An X-factor is that one player whom a team can rely on to contribute and cause mismatches for the opposing team.
An X-factor is not necessarily a role player or a lesser star, but it could also be a player who has been dealing with nagging injuries all season long.
The reason the Dallas Mavericks won the championship last season was not because of the play of their top stars, but instead it was the consistent play from Tyson Chandler and J.J. Barea. Both Chandler and Barea are true definitions of what an X-factor is.
This slideshow will start off with predictions of where each team will be seeded in the Eastern Conference and who their X-factor is. The list will then continue the same way with the Western Conference.
Let's get to it.