Tuck: NBA Breakout Stars

Stephen Curry, Golden State

The Warriors guard should have been an all-star this season, and reminds us not so-subtly with every three he swishes this postseason.  He’s had two all-time great quarters in his first 7 career playoff games.  He put up 44-11 the other night, and in the last 40 years the only guys to do that are him, and Michael Jordan.  He’s been brilliant and has looked like a top ten player in the world on most nights.

Paul George, Indiana

The NBA’s Most Improved Player continues to impress in the playoffs as the Pacers new go-to guy.  George looks the part, and his play has matched it.  He’s made highlight-reel dunks and sunk dagger three’s and done everything else in-between filling up a stat sheet.

Mike Conley, Memphis

Nearly a triple-double last night in stealing game two at OKC, it’s been a career season for Conley who is being counted on more on the perimeter for the Grizzlies than ever before.  They need his play-making, his scoring, and his defense, and he’s delivered.

Nate Robinson, Chicago

The Bulls wouldn’t be playing still if not for the 5’9″ Robinson.  Probably more widely-viewed as a circus performer for the course of his career with his dunk contest wins and on-court antics, lil Nate has been needed as more than a sideshow, and as he delivered!  Clutch shots, hustle plays, and the usual awe factor has reassigned Nate Robinson’s name in NBA lore.