Every team in this year's NBA playoffs has an X-factor—an individual whose impact is hard to account for, but one who inevitably becomes as important to their team's success as the superstars that carried them to the postseason.
These hidden variables have the skills to alter a game or series on their own, and it is that power that makes their story so compelling. They have the potential to make or break their team's championship hopes.
Now, an X-factor doesn't have to be a virtual unknown, even though their major contributions may come as a surprise. It could be a young player who uses the grand stage to up his profile, or it could be a declining or oft-injured veteran that shocks the world by having a little bit more left in the tank.
After examining each of the teams in this year's tournament, these are the guys with the best chance of turning the tide.
As always, reader participation is encouraged. If you agree, disagree or would like to offer up a player of your own, feel free to drop a line in the comments section. We'll go from lowest seed to highest seed in each conference, with the Eastern Conference up first.