One thing we can usually count on in the playoffs is that the best players in the league will come out and perform to the best of their abilities. With that being said, we also have the guys who show up out of nowhere to help their team do well when it matters the most.
Here are some players who impressed me this post-season.
Bismack Biyombo, Toronto Raptors
Post-season stats: 6.2 PPG, 9.4 RPG 1.4 BPG, FG 58%
If Raptor fans were not familiar with his game during the regular season, they are now. Biyombo stepped in for Jonas Valanciunas and contributed to the max. His rebounding is tremendous for a player who is (only) 6’9. His ability to block/alter shots was huge in all three series that the Raptors were a part of. His offensive game still needs a lot of work, as most of his points came off alley-oops and offensive rebounds. Biyombo is a restricted free agent and you can bet that plenty of teams from around the NBA will be looking to acquire his services. According to what people close to the NBA are reporting, Biyombo could demand $16 million dollars a season, which could ultimately mean his time in Toronto is up. Personally, $16 million is a lot to pay for a guy who has only shown glimpses of what he is capable of.
Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers
Post-season stats: 10.3 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 3.3 BPG
Turner replaced Lavoy Allen as a starter in game four of the Raptors series and Turner did not look back after that. I love everything Turner brings to the table-great shot blocker, can stretch out the defense and hit mid-range jumpers and possesses quickness, which means he can stay with smaller players. Pairing up Turner with George and now Teague is something fans of the NBA should watch closely next season because this team can do some damage in the eastern conference. It would not surprise me if Turner averaged 14/9/3 next season-I really feel he has that type of potential, especially with great players around him.
Al-Farouq Aminu, Portland Trail Blazers
Post-season stats: 14.6 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 3P 40%
If Aminu can contribute stats like these in the regular season, to go along with what Lillard and McCollum put up, Blazers could be even scarier next season. I was most impressed with Aminu’s ability to rebound the ball and his improvements on the defensive side of the ball. Next season will be a big one for Aminu. The pressure is now on him to produce after a really good playoff run.
Richard Jefferson, Cleveland Cavaliers
Post-season stats: 18.1 MPG, 5.4 PPG, 3.5 RPG
I did not include RJ on this list because of his stats-as you can tell, but his defensive effort on Curry and Thompson was exceptional as the series progressed. The turning point for Jefferson in this series was when he took full advantage of the playing time he was given in game two (Cavs lost by 33) and found himself as a starter in game three of the NBA Finals. Jefferson did not settle for mid to long distance jumpers, instead he slashed to the basket and got his teammates involved. Jefferson, no doubt was a key player in the Cavs getting their first title in franchise history.
This post is finished and done, let’s ride
Ogi is a graduate of Humber College’s Sport Management program. He is the founder of Blago Blogger Sports.