One Player Who Must Step Up on Every Projected Playoff-Bound NBA Team

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One Player Who Must Step Up on Every Projected Playoff-Bound NBA Team
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Stars like LeBron James and Kevin Durant are supposed to be the ones shining in the NBA playoffs, but any team with a postseason ticket is going to need at least one player in a supporting role to step up, too.

The reason is simple: Playoff defenses are designed to take away whatever their opponents' first options are. In most cases, that amounts to increased pressure on big-name players. That extra attention opens up opportunities for reserves and role players to have big impacts.

That means guys like Ray Allen and Serge Ibaka will have to take their games to another level in order for their teams to be successful.

Don't be mistaken; playoff teams live and die with their best players, and it's no coincidence that the higher up the playoff ladder you look, the more stars there are. But some of the lesser players on playoff-bound squads are going to have to raise their games to help out.

Here's a rundown of who those guys are.

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