But then there are also the players who put up big numbers in the playoffs that aren't already on max contracts or don't have their financial future already decided. These are the players who are playing for extra dollars with every performance.
With that in mind, let's take a look at six postseason performers who are making a strong case to receive a bigger and better contract than the one they are currently on.
For the sake of this exercise, we'll look only at players that will be free agents this offseason or in 2015, as playoff performances won't carry as much weight beyond this offseason and next.
We'll also rule out any first-round pick rookie-scale players, as there are quite a few who deserve and will earn bigger contracts. The following six players will be ranked not by who is best, but instead in order by who has improved their next contract the most going forward.