To make a deep playoff run, each team needs at least one of the following to go right: their star player takes over down the stretch, willing them to a series win. Or, when their stars aren’t at their peak, a cast of role players make the key shots, the impact blocks, or steals.
Winning a championship is not always pretty, you need a collective unit to buy and produce. Each playoff team reached this stage by playing to their strengths. But, within every set of strengths is an X-Factor, or in this case, the most important player on the team. Before the 2018 NBA Playoffs tip-off, let’s take a look at the most important player on every playoff team, starting with the Eastern Conference.