NBA Playoffs 2011: Ranking the Most Valuable Point Guards in the Postseason

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NBA Playoffs 2011: Ranking the Most Valuable Point Guards in the Postseason
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A good point guard is hard to find. Teams that don't have them know how difficult life can be without one, and teams that do have them wouldn't trade them for the world. Elite centers and Kobe-type scorers aside, a quality point guard is the hottest commodity in the NBA

And as we head into the 2011 playoffs, it is no surprise that many of the NBA's best teams have elite point guards.

This list ranks the point guards of the 2011 NBA playoffs based on how much of an impact they have on their team’s playoff chances, and not necessarily who is the best point guard overall in the regular season.

As an example, Derek Rose has unquestionably been the NBA’s best point guard this season—but he doesn’t rank first on my list. This is because, while the Bulls will undoubtedly be significantly less successful without Rose, their success is not predicated by him—an unbalanced team would be more influenced by his departure.

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