Youngsters Who Grew Up into NBA Stars During 2013 Playoffs

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Youngsters Who Grew Up into NBA Stars During 2013 Playoffs
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There are few things better than watching young players mature and join the ranks of the NBA’s elite. It’s a factor that makes being an NBA fan so special. Seeing that evolution right before our very eyes is something fans feel a part of as it's happening.

While league veterans like LeBron James, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker all continue to prove their stardom in the 2013 playoffs, their great performances were to be expected due to past experience. Many of the NBA’s young guns, meanwhile, have stepped up in the postseason as well.

Some lesser-known role players became legitimate cogs in their coach’s postseason playing rotation by improving when it matters most. Other names that were charging up the NBA ranks solidified their spot as genuine stars.

The upcoming NBA Finals matchup may overshadow those performances as championship talk heats up. But we shouldn’t forget the memorable shows put on by a variety of players.

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