Making an All-NBA Team is one of the top honors an NBA player can receive. If a player makes one of the three teams, he knows he played at a very high level during the regular season.
But during the playoffs, when playing at a high level matters the most, the only individual award given out is the NBA Finals MVP. Many players, such as Roy Hibbert of the Indiana Pacers, have stepped their games up at the most important time of the year. So why not create a new set of All-NBA Teams based solely on playoff performance?
To make one of the three teams, a player must be on a 2013 playoff team. Precedence will be given to players on teams who have advanced further in the playoffs, for two reasons: First, these players have provided a larger sample size for their statistics, and second, these players have lifted their teams to more victories. This does not necessarily disqualify players who were knocked out in the first round, however.
Like the regular season All-NBA Teams, players will be classified as guards, forwards, and centers, as opposed to more specific position distinctions (e.g. point guard, small forward, etc.). ESPN.com's player profiles will have the final say on whether a player is a guard, forward, or center.
Note: All stats are updated through Friday, May 31, and collected via Basketball Reference, unless otherwise indicated.
Honorable mentions: David West, Kawhi Leonard, George Hill, Joakim Noah, James Harden