Watching the best of the NBA's best is exhilarating.
Watching the best of the best at their best is even more of a thrill.
So, basically, the NBA playoffs are a godsend.
Most of the time, the postseason brings out the best in teams and their players. Not all the time—looking at you, James Harden—but most of the time.
Teams and players revel at this opportunity, the bright lights and the national stage. They abuse rims, bury jumpers and play defense. They play hard, grind out victories and chase championships.
Amid this throng of contenders and individual talent are a handful players who are outperforming their peers. It's our job to find them.
But in the interest of shaking things up, we're going to set parameters. Think of this as a quest for an All-NBA playoff team consisting of only 10 players. We'll take the best performers from each position—one center, five forwards and four guards—pit them against one another and rank them accordingly.
Our search and subsequent rankings will be based on both statistical and subjective analysis. Players will be judged by their numerical contributions and general impact. And remember, the regular season is over. It doesn't count. The NBA's top performer back then isn't necessarily the bellwether for dominance now.
Yet another attempt to make sense of this wonderfully wacky postseason begins now.