The Biggest X-Factor for Every 2016 NBA Playoff Contender

February 27th, 2016 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »
Every NBA playoff hopeful has a different plan for crashing the big dance, and every one has a unique X-factor who can lift their ceiling or lower their basement.

These players come from all spectrums of the hoops world. Some are stars who need to dominate every night, because they don't have enough help around them. Others are complementary starters or high-energy reserves, the kind of players whose good nights typically become great ones for their clubs.

Before running through the key pieces on each playoff contender, we have to define that term. The requirements here are simple—clubs just have to currently be within five games of a postseason berth.

Twenty-one teams make that cut. Actually qualifying for the second season or advancing in it will largely depend on how these critical contributors perform.

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