An X-factor is a player who, while normally overshadowed by other parts of his team, is actually an integral part of a team's win or loss. The 2012 NBA playoffs are full of teams who rely on solid X-factor players for the foundation of their wins.
The Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs all are among those teams that will be in the second round and be relying on an X-factor player to help carry them further toward a potential championship.
How these X-factors play will play a large part in determining who advances in the playoffs.
Here are five players who will be X-factors in the second round of the playoffs.