The postseason is time for superstar players to earn their multimillion-dollar contracts and step up when the lights shine brightest.
What follows is a look at the field of superstar players who will appear in October this year.
To clarify, this is not a list of the best players of 2012 playing in the postseason, but instead the biggest stars based on reputation—the idea being that this would serve as a snapshot of the top names participating in this year's postseason.
As such, you won't see breakout performers like Chris Davis and Kris Medlen on the following list.
After determining the top players, I took into account both this season's numbers and past performances in the playoffs to make my best guess on whether the players will be clutch or will choke in the postseason.