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    Yahoosports: The top 10 players of the 2010 NBA playoffs

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    1. Pau Gasol

    It might surprise some to note that I don't consider Kobe Bryant to even be the best Laker on his own team so far this postseason, but all-around production matters, and in spite of Kobe Bryant's brilliant scoring exploits, Pau Gasol's in-his-prime versatility vaults him to the top of this list.

    Fifty-eight percent shooting, over 21 points per game, 12 rebounds a contest, 3.6 assists, two blocks a game, and just 2.2 turnovers per night. On top of that, Gasol's continually improving defense has been a huge asset to a Laker attack that looks primed to repeat.

    2. Rajon Rondo

    Rondo earns extra points for his defensive dominance, he's allowed some big quarters against Mo Williams and Jameer Nelson, but by and large he's been a pest. Shutting his man down, always looking for a passing lane to mess with.

    Eighteen points and six rebounds per game for Rajon, who has tossed around 10.6 assists in what are mainly slow-down contests, with fewer possessions to work with. Fifty percent shooting and two steals per contest for the Celtics lead guard, who has outright dominated on both ends at times.

    3. Kobe Bryant

    After a slow (for him) start, Kobe has come on like Kobe over the last couple of weeks, seeing his seven-game streak of 30-point contests end with only a 13-assist night (what a slacker) in Game 2 against the Suns.

    Most importantly, after months spent working endless pick and rolls with Pau Gasol during the regular season, Kobe has chiseled out a place inside the Laker offense, getting his looks and doing his damage in a way that kept the ball moving, and his opponents on their heels. His 27.5 points per game isn't that far off his regular-season average, but it's the way that he's getting these points that is leading to Los Angeles' white-hot 105 points per game. Bryant is averaging 5.6 assists, 3.4 turnovers, and 4.1 rebounds per game.

    4. LeBron James

    In turning in over 29 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, and 3.5 combined steals and blocks per contest over 11 games, LBJ easily has the best stats of anyone who has played in the 2010 postseason.

    And yet, it speaks to how great he is, and how disappointing his playoff run was, that he was able to put up those stats while effectively submarining his team's chances at getting out of the second round with a listless performance in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semis, and a way-too-late barrage in Game 6. James could have done better, which is the reason he can't do better than fourth on this list.

    Funny, because for all of Kobe Bryant's last-second theatrics during the regular season, James still scored way more, shot better, rebounded twice as much, and dished three times as many assists than Bryant in the clutch in the regular season. Not sure what the Celtics did to make it all go away, but it worked.


    5. Jason Richardson

    A bit of a surprise, but when you manage to shoot 52 percent from the field and nearly 51 percent from behind the three-point line after 12 playoff games, this sort of fluke has to be recognized.

    That's not a slam. J-Rich was and will continue to be a fine outside shooter, but he's not shooting 50.6 percent from long range for the rest of his career, and that is why this is a fluke. But it's also a fluke that has the Suns in the conference finals, as Richardson's 21.8 points per game average has led the team. Six rebounds per game for the Michigan State product, and he's only turned it over eight times since the playoffs began. Nicely done, my man.

    6. Dirk Nowitzki

    Had the Mavericks played a little longer, with Dirk no doubt approximating his averages of 26.7 points per game on 55 percent shooting, 8.2 rebounds and just 1.7 turnovers a contest, Nowitzki would probably be duking it out with Pau and Rondo at the top.

    As it is, the Mavs were out in the first round, and though Dirk had some chances to aid his Mavericks down the stretch of a few of their losses to San Antonio, the biggest reason they were in those losses to begin with was because of Nowitzki's superb play.

    7. Deron Williams

    To be sure, Williams faded a bit against the Lakers in the second round. The pairing with Derek Fisher, the supposedly one-sided matchup that could have put Los Angeles on its heels, never seemed to work well for DW.


    8. Dwyane Wade

    Wade's stats are sublime — 33.2 points on 56 percent shooting, with 12.4 combined rebounds/assists and 3.2 combined blocks/steals — but he had to work in only five games, was given carte blanche in the Miami "offense," and he turned it over 5.2 times a game.

    That's 5.2, brothers and sisters. And while there's no good place for a turnover, some happened to come through at the worst times in the first around against Boston.

    Get some help, see you next year, D-Wade.


    9. Jameer Nelson

    A little bundle of awesome, Nelson's 19 points and five assists might not seem like much until you realize that he's turned it over on just 7.7 percent of the possessions he's used up. That's an astonishing rate for anyone, much less a lead guard. Even if the lead guard was guarded by Mike Bibby(notes) for four games.

    10. Dwight Howard

    Howard's had his issues — the entire first round, Game 1 of the conference finals — but overall he's still found a way to pile up the impact. Pile it up!

    He's averaging 16.6 points on 63 percent shooting, 3.6 blocks in only 33 minutes per game, and 11 rebounds. Now, if only he could do something about those four turnovers a game. Or Orlando's 0-2 deficit to Boston.

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    Hmm. I agree. I think LeBron would be higher up, had he not lost.

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    Pau....love him but #1?

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    Pau's been pretty fundamentally sound in every aspect. I don't know if #1 is correct, but he's sure up in the top 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 97NYer View Post
    Pau....love him but #1?
    I'd have Rondo 1, Pau 2. But the list is pretty justifiable. Pau's been fantastic for them. Every. Single. Game.

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    Rondo deserve to be number 1 he is the reason they beat cleveland

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    1. Rondo
    2. Kobe
    3. Pau

    Rondo has been the best and most consistent player on both ends of the playoffs this year. He's been sensational.
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    Rondo should be number one, in my opinion, but Gasol has also been outstanding. I think Nowitzki is too high, also. Having three good games in a first-round loss should not justify him a spot on this list.


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    I agree as much as i hate their team gotta give a guy his due RONDO is a beasstttt definitely has to be number 1..Then gasol for sure and bryant
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    Pretty good list (1 & 2 are interchangeable imo) but most Laker fans would be upset with the positions of Pau and Kobe. They never like to see Pau on superior position than Kobe on anything.

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    1. Rondo
    2. Pau
    3. Kobe

    The argument for having D-Wade as low as he was was he only had to work in 5 games. Well Dirk was out in six, and Wade played better than Dirk. Soo Dirk should be lower. But whatever who cares what yahoo says.

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    I've been preaching it for the past 3 seasons, Pau Gasol is the best all-around big man in the game today.

    Please name one big man who is a better all-around big than Pau.

    He has the best fundamentals.
    He has an extremely high basketball I.Q.
    He has the best foot work.
    He shoots a very high shooting percentage.
    He blocks shots.
    He rebounds.
    He has amazing range.
    He runs the floor.
    He's a great locker room guy.

    He embarrassed Dwight Howard (DPOY) in the gold medal Olympic game and NBA Finals.

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    Hmmm Pau and Rondo have to be 1A and 1B both are having solid playoffs

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackdawson View Post
    Pretty good list (1 & 2 are interchangeable imo) but most Laker fans would be upset with the positions of Pau and Kobe. They never like to see Pau on superior position than Kobe on anything.
    Exactly. Non-Laker fans who actually watch games will pretty much all agree Pau has been their best player the last few months, not just these playoffs. Though Kobe has absolutely stepped it up in the post-season. Looks like he's 100%.

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    Quote Originally Posted by _KB24_ View Post
    1. Rondo
    2. Kobe
    3. Pau

    Rondo has been the best and most consistent player on both ends of the playoffs this year. He's been sensational.
    Pau has been the most consistent player for LA, especially when Kobe was struggling against OKC those first four games. And it was after all Pau who closed out there series @ OKC in game 6 with the game winning bucket off of a Kobe miss. Gotta give the Big Spaniard a lot of credit!


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