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.