Best NBA Stars Not in the Playoffs

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Best NBA Stars Not in the Playoffs
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The 2014 NBA playoffs have already redefined postseason excellence after a thrilling and unprecedented slate of first-round matchups

However, with only eight teams remaining as we head toward the conference finals, we're longing for the days when we could indulge in 13-game slates on weekday evenings and give our remotes a workout. 

It's been a few weeks since stars like Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love and Anthony Davis laced up their kicks and hit the hardwood, so we decided to take a little trip down memory lane. 

That said, it's worth noting players who were eliminated in the first roundsuch as Dirk Nowitzki and Stephen Currywere eligible for qualification. In addition, players like Kobe Bryant, Rajon Rondo, Derrick Rose and Al Horford were all omitted because they didn't play more than 40 games this season. 

 

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