The NBA playoffs provide an opportunity for players to break out and make names for themselves on the grand stage. Each of the four remaining teams has at least one player who has enhanced his reputation during this postseason.
It is often said that the NBA is a league of stars. Yet the ousters of Carmelo Anthony's New York Knicks, Kevin Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder and Chris Paul's Los Angeles Clippers demonstrated that well-rounded teams, as opposed to individuals, win playoff series and championships.
Most teams that advance deep into the playoffs have at least one All-Star on the roster, though it is often the role players who make the difference in tightly contested series. Typically, at least one of those players exceeds all expectations along the way.
Breakout players are usually youngsters who are still improving early in their careers. However, on occasion, a veteran will flourish in a new environment or based on a specific matchup.