While there are many things still up in the air about this weekend's upcoming NBA playoff matchups, one thing's for sure: The East is the Beast (sorry, Kobe).
Wade, Rose, James, Carmelo, Howard; the list goes on.
But what makes many of the Eastern Conference's best teams great is their abundance of role players and unsung heroes. Guys who may or may not start, might not get all the glitz or glam but still have the potential to change a game with a big shot or a tough defensive play.
Here's a look at some of the East's best role players and unsung heroes going into the playoffs.