Once the NBA playoffs begin, contract talk seems to fade away. Since teams are locked into their rosters, the focus turns (rightly so) to on-court performance regardless of everything else. It becomes about just basketball. The postseason is the one time of year you can appreciate Brooklyn Nets swingman Joe Johnson without having to remember he's making over $20 million a season going forward.
But with that being said, there's also a negative impact of that. There's a tendency to forget the players who are outperforming their current deals.
For this exercise, we'll take a look at players who are really playing well beyond their salary. Because rookie contracts aren't negotiated, we'll leave out players still on those rookie-scale salaries, even if they're performing like max-level players. We still see you, Damian Lillard.
We'll also only focus on players from teams that are still alive in the postseason. Sorry, Kyle Lowry.
Let's take a look at five postseason players who are outperforming their current contracts.
All stats are via basketball-reference and are accurate as of May 5.