Stars are created in the playoffs.
It's where reputations and names are forged in cement—with a harsh spotlight, heightened possessions that require a precise level of execution and coaches who have the time and energy to focus all their efforts against stopping a single team (as opposed to the regular season, where practice is rare and general philosophies regarding preparation for an upcoming opponent are constrained due to time limitations).
These are players who've either never made an All-Star team or have only cracked the midseason extravaganza once. They're all young, with only a few years in the league under their belt, and their best days are assuredly ahead of them as opposed to behind.
All five of these players are looking to elevate themselves to a higher level, and they're ranked here by the value they currently have on their respective teams. All are on their way to making a name for themselves, if they haven't already.
All statistics used in this article are from NBA.com/Stats unless otherwise noted.