We can all agree that the regular season is great, exciting, and fun. It's full of ups and downs, teams that get hot and make a late push, executives making moves, and coaches making adjustments to reach the playoffs.
Then again, none of that matters when we reach the postseason. A couple of bad games could put an end to your year, even if you finished the campaign with the best record in the league.
The playoffs are where good players prove to be great and where stars turn into superstars. That's why today, we're going to let you know about 10 players that may surprise you in the postseason.
10. Andre Drummond
The Los Angeles Lakers signed Andre Drummond to put an end to their struggles in the paint. He's known for being one of the best rebounders in the league but hasn't lived up to the expectations thus far, and he's an impending free agent.
Drummond, however, could be pretty effective given the right matchup. He's strong and physical and his presence below the rim makes rival teams hesitate to drive. He could be in line for a couple of 20-point, 20-rebound games and silence his critics.
9. Danilo Gallinari
Danilo Gallinari's talent as a scorer has never been in question. The only issue with him has always been health and how injury-prone he's been. Then again, it seems like he's finally free of ailments.
Gallinari has enough size to play at the four and even some small-ball center. He can score from all three levels and get hot in the blink of an eye, and he's one of the few veterans on an up-and-coming Atlanta Hawks team.
8. Tyler Herro
Tyler Herro broke out in the bubble in Orlando and looked poised for a huge season this year. That hasn't been the case as he's struggled to stay healthy, and some fans are questioning if he's actually that good as the Miami Heat think.
That's why he'll have some extra motivation to prove his doubters wrong in the playoffs. He was huge in the clutch last season and the Heat will definitely look for him when they need a big bucket.
7. Mikal Bridges
The Phoenix Suns were pretty close to getting the best record in the NBA this season, and while Chris Paul and Monty Williams get most of the credit for this turnaround, we can't ignore Mikal Bridges' contributions.
Bridges is quickly blossoming into one of the league's best wing defenders. And with defenses focusing mostly on Devin Booker and Chris Paul, he'll have plenty of wide-open looks. Whether he'll make them pay or not, that's yet to be seen.
6. Bogdan Bogdanovic
The Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks were willing to go the extra mile to land Bogdan Bogdanovic and this is the time to show why. He's been on and off of the lineup with injuries but he's now at full strength.
Bogdanovic can do a little bit of everything both on and off the ball. He can get hot in the blink of an eye and Trae Young will get him the ball to his spots with ease. It's make-or-break time for him after such an eventful offseason.
5. Draymond Green
He's said it before and we won't disagree with it: There are 82-game players, and 16-game players; and Draymond Green is a 16-game player. He's just made for these kinds of situations.
Green's scoring numbers have taken a major dip over the past couple of years but he always finds a way to contribute and make an impact even if he's not shooting the ball. He's one of the best defenders and playmakers on Earth.
4. Talen Horton-Tucker
The Los Angeles Lakers didn't want to trade away Talen Horton-Tucker near the deadline, even if that prevented them from getting Kyle Lowry. Clearly, they value the young guard and believe in him going forward.
Horton-Tucker has played his way into Frank Vogel's rotation and has shown glimpses of great scoring ability. He can get hot in the blink of an eye and has already knocked down a game-winning three-pointer.
3. Facundo Campazzo
Facundo Campazzo is no ordinary rookie. He was one of the most proven and experienced players in Europe and the Denver Nuggets signed him for this moment. He's always come up huge in the playoffs and during FIBA Tournaments.
Campazzo is one of the craftiest playmakers in the world and he's just a pesky and suffocating defender. He's got a feel for making huge plays in the clutch on both ends of the floor, so even if he's not much of a scorer, he'll make the Nuggets way better.
2. Rajon Rondo
The Los Angeles Clippers got the only thing they lacked to be a legit championship contender: a true floor general. So, even if he hasn't played much this season, don't sleep on Rajon Rondo.
Rondo is one of the best playoff performers of his generation. He steps up when it matters the most, playing top-notch defense and setting his teammates up with his outstanding passing skills. Playoff Rondo is real.
1. Derrick Rose
And last but not least, we have one of the most beloved and respected players around the league. Derrick Rose will be back in the playoffs and you better believe he'll be more motivated than ever.
The New York Knicks have been one of the toughest and most entertaining teams in the NBA this season. Rose's veteran presence has been huge for them and he'll leave everything on the court to have a shot at winning an NBA Championship.