No matter how talented a player is defensively or in the half court, sometimes there is simply no substitute for speed.
The ability to flat-out sprint past opponents might be underrated in an NBA that is becoming more and more athletic every year, but it is a huge asset, especially for teams fighting for a playoff spot.
At this point in the 2012-13 season, teams understand exactly what they have in their rosters, and several of them have players with outright blinding speed. With baskets so hard to come by in the postseason, the ability to outrun opponents in the open floor or break down a defense off the dribble cannot be understated.
As teams fight and claw for postseason position, having a player capable of turning on the burners and attacking an opposing defense is a luxury every team would like to have.
You may not be able to teach speed, but you can certainly appreciate it. Let's take a look at the fastest players trying to make noise in the playoffs.
Statistics accurate as of March 9th, 2013.