The bright lights and broad exposure of the NBA playoffs provide players with a chance to shine on the big stage, and some of the league's more modestly compensated competitors are using that platform to make a case for future pay-raises.
Veterans like Jarrett Jack and Raymond Felton have played like stars despite being paid like backups. At the same time, some of the league's more youthful up-and-coming talents—like Paul George and Kawhi Leonard—have used the postseason to prove they are already worth much more than their rookie deals indicate.
And perhaps best of all, guys like Nate Robinson and Chris Andersen, who took the only offers they got this year, have played well enough to not only hang around for a few more seasons, but to be handsomely rewarded going forward.
The playoffs are definitely about wins and losses, but sometimes those notches in the record book are determined by players who are giving their teams much more than their money's worth.
All stats via NBA.com and all salary info via Spotrac.com. Only players whose teams are still in the 2013 NBA playoffs were considered for this article.