Teams that have survived the gauntlet thus far in the 2013 NBA playoffs depend upon their star players to lead the charge, but underrated players on each team are just as integral.
LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Zach Randolph are stepping up as usual, but the unsung heroes on each surviving playoff team deserve credit as well.
On the road to an NBA championship, when every single possession could mean the difference between a win and a loss, the performance of the team as a whole is most important. Every player in a coach’s rotation must step up and prove why he’s out on the court on the biggest stage.
The best players will always receive the most praise for their numbers in the box score, but fans should not forget to credit the performances of underrated contributors.