T5. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs; Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors
Kawhi Leonard's combination of rebounding (particularly on the offensive glass), occasional outside shooting and perimeter defense on the likes of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson has rendered him an invaluable part of the Spurs' hopes for prolonged postseason success.
But the Warriors would be sitting at home right now, watching the playoffs from the comfort of their couches, if not for the play of Harrison Barnes.
The rookie out of North Carolina has nearly doubled his scoring and rebounding averages from the regular season since David Lee was relegated to "symbol" status with a hip injury in Game 1 against the Denver Nuggets.
Barnes hasn't always been particularly efficient (9-of-26 from the floor in Game 4), but his ability to post up against smaller players, however rudimentary, has proven invaluable to Golden State's perimeter-oriented offense in Lee's stead.
4. Paul George, Indiana Pacers
It's tough to chastise Paul George too much for not doing more as a scorer for the Pacers. After all, he's preoccupied with slowing down Carmelo Anthony.
Which, to this point, he's done quite well—for the most part, anyway.
In Indy's two wins, George has helped to hold 'Melo to 16-of-44 (36.4 percent) from the floor while chipping in 16.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and six assists of his own.
The Pacers aren't exactly replete with scoring options, but I'd imagine if Frank Vogel had his druthers, he'd rather Paul use the bulk of his energies to pester Carmelo than devote his efforts to producing points.
3. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
When Carmelo Anthony shoots well, the Knicks usually win. When he doesn't, the Knicks lose.
That dictum may seem a simple one (if not too simple), but so far, it's held true. Anthony has shot worse than 40 percent from the floor on five occasions, and New York has lost all but one of those—an undeserving Game 6 victory over the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden.
With J.R. Smith also struggling with his shot, Anthony can ill afford to wait any longer to find his own, lest the Knicks find themselves out of the playoff picture after just two rounds.
2. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
Game 3 against the Memphis Grizzlies saw Kevin Durant register his "worst" scoring output sans Russell Westbrook (25 points on 9-of-19 from the field) and the Oklahoma City Thunder fall into a 1-2 series hole as a result.
The Thunder had their fair share of opportunities to steal an ugly one, but they were undone (in part) by a missed jumper and a surprising pair of clanked free throws by KD during the final minute of the fourth quarter.
On the whole, Durant's been brilliant without Westbrook (34 points, 10.6 rebounds, 6.1 assists, .506 from the floor), but it's clear he can't do it alone and is losing steam from trying.
1. LeBron James, Miami Heat
What's remarkable about LeBron James' 2013 postseason isn't that he's playing well (that's to be expected), but rather that he's doing so without stirring up a storm.
For instance, consider his performance in Game 3 against the Chicago Bulls. James poured in a game-high 25 points (12 in the fourth quarter, 11-of-11 at the free-throw line), with eight rebounds, seven assists and two steals.
And yet, his story was only the third-biggest of the evening behind the early scrums between the Heat and the Bulls—one of which resulted in Nazr Mohammed's ejection—and Chris Bosh's 20 points and playoff career-high 19 rebounds.
Such is the price of greatness, I suppose: Everyone takes said greatness for granted when it's so often on display.