The Most Important Player On Every NBA Playoff Team

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Every NBA team has one player than they cannot survive without.

To determine this most important piece of all 16 playoff teams, we used one simple stat: on court/off court points per 100 possessions.

This stat just tells you how much better a player’s team performs when he’s on the court compared to when he’s off the court.

There are some obvious ones here (LeBron), but others may come as a surprise.

Atlanta Hawks: Al Horford (+8.0 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $12 million (2nd highest-paid player on team)

2012-13 stats: 17.4 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 54.3% shooting

Career playoff stats: 11.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 47.7% shooting

Source: 82Games.com

Boston Celtics: Paul Pierce (+7.1 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $16.8 million (highest-paid player on team)

2012-13 stats: 18.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 4.8 apg

Career playoff stats: 21.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 3.9 apg

Source: 82Games.com

Brooklyn Nets: Deron Williams (+10.1 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $17.2 million (2nd highest-paid player on team)

2012-13 stats: 18.9 ppg, 7.7 apg, 3.0 rpg

Career playoff stats: 21.2 ppg, 9.5 apg, 3.6 rpg

Source: 82Games.com

Chicago Bulls: Joakim Noah (+2.5 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $11 million (4th highest-paid player on team)

2012-13 stats: 11.9 ppg, 11.1 rpg, 2.1 bpg

Career playoff stats: 10.4 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 1.9 bpg

Source: 82Games.com

Denver Nuggets: Andre Iguodala (+5.1 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $11 million (4th highest-paid player on team)

2012-13 stats: 13.0 ppg, 5.4 apg, 5.3 rpg

Career playoff stats: 13.6 ppg, 4.8 apg, 5.8 apg

Source: 82Games.com

Golden State Warriors: Stephen Curry (+4.9 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $3.9 million (8th highest-paid player on team)

2012-13 stats: 22.9 ppg, 6.9 apg, 45.3% three-point shooting

Career playoff stats: 1st playoffs

Source: 82Games.com

Houston Rockets: Omer Asik (+5.9 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $5 million (3rd highest-paid player on team)

2012-13 stats: 10.1 ppg, 11.7 rpg, 54.1% shooting

Career playoff stats: 2.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 47.2% shooting

Source: 82Games.com

Indiana Pacers: George Hill (+11.1 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $8 million (4th highest-paid player on team)

2012-13 stats: 14.2 ppg, 4.7 apg, 3.7 rpg

Career playoff stats: 12.3 ppg, 2.0 apg, 3.0 rpg

Source: 82Games.com

LA Clippers: Chris Paul (+6.0 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $17.8 million (highest-paid player on team)

2012-13 stats: 16.9 ppg, 9.7 apg, 48.1% shooting

Career playoff stats: 20.6 ppg, 7.0 apg, 47.1% shooting

Source: 82Games.com

LA Lakers: Metta World Peace (+7.0 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $7.2 million (5th highest-paid player on team)

2012-13 stats: 12.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 40.3% shooting

Career playoff stats: 14.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 39.1% shooting

Source: 82Games.com

Memphis Grizzlies: Mike Conley (+15.4 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $7.2 million (3rd highest-paid player on team)

2012-13 stats: 14.6 ppg, 5.5 apg, 44% shooting

Career playoff stats: 14.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 40% shooting

Source: 82Games.com

Miami Heat: LeBron James (+15.3 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $17.5 million (highest-paid player on team)

2012-13 stats: 26.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 7.0 apg

Career playoff stats: 28.5 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 6.7 apg

Source: 82Games.com

Milwaukee Bucks: Monta Ellis (+3.5 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $11 million (highest-paid player on team)

2012-13 stats: 19.2 ppg, 6.0 apg, 41.6% shooting

Career playoff stats: 9.2 ppg, 1.1 apg, 41.6% shooting (12 games)

Source: 82Games.com

New York Knicks: Carmelo Anthony (+4.7 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $19.5 million (2nd highest-paid player on team)

2012-13 stats: 28.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 44.9% shooting

Career playoff stats: 25.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 42% shooting

Source: 82Games.com

Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant (+8.9 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $17.6 million (highest-paid player on team)

2012-13 stats: 28.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 51% shooting

Career playoff stats: 28.0 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 46.5% shooting

Source: 82Games.com

San Antonio Spurs: Tim Duncan (+8.7 points per 100 possessions)

Salary: $9.6 million (4th highest-paid player on team)

2012-13 stats: 17.8 ppg, 79.9 rpg, 50.2% shooting

Career playoff stats: 22.3 ppg, 12.1 rpg, 50.1% shooting

Source: 82Games.com

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