Players Who Are Breaking Out In The 2022 Playoffs

Players Who Are Breaking Out In The 2022 Playoffs

The Playoffs always feature the best players who come aiming to win a championship. But in the midst of the playoffs, there are certain players who come out of nowhere to shine brightly. They are usually overlooked because of the long grueling regular season and their inconsistencies fall in the fans eyes more than their performance. But during the playoffs they are the ones who make the difference. Here are 5 players who have come out of the blue in the 1st round of the playoff.

Jalen Brunson

The Dallas Mavericks had to face the Utah Jazz without their star player, Luka Doncic. There was skepticism filled in the NBA world as to how the Mavericks were going to approach the problem. The answer was Jalen Brunson.

He broke out of his shell to perform at a high level in the Playoffs. For the series, Brunson averaged 27.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game on 48.4% shooting from the field and 36.4% from the 3-point line. These numbers are inflated compared to his regular season stats of 16.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. It was due to him that the Mavericks were able to stay afloat before Doncic arrived.

Anthony Edwards

While Towns is the main All-Star for the Timberwolves, it was in fact his teammate Anthony Edwards who took the reins. The no 1 overall pick in the 2020 draft showed only flashes of his potential ever since he entered the league.

But during the playoffs he has been the best player in the Timberwolves roster. Edwards averaged 25.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks per game on 45.5% from the field and 40.4% from beyond the arc. This is a good leap from his regular season numbers. Undoubtedly, Edwards has shown his abilities earning him praises from teammates and opponents alike. It will be interesting to see what he will bring the next season.

Desmond Bane

The backcourt of Morant and Bane is like bread and butter. While Morant takes on the duties of making electrifying plays, Bane relies on his smooth jumper to consistently make shots. It was due to his consistency that the Grizzlies were able to make it out of the 1st round.

He scored the highest for the Grizzlies with averages of 23.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 blocks which shadows his regular season numbers of 18.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. He has been lights out in the shooting department going 49.5% from the field and 48.4% from 3. He is proving to be a lethal 3-point shooter as the Grizzlies move on to the next round.

Jordan Poole

There were many questions before the playoffs on whether Poole will be able to handle the role of a starter with Curry having to play limited minutes due to his injury. But he came out balling and proved he has no problems in performing in a bigger stage.

Poole has averaged 21 points, 2.4 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.4 steals per game on 54.8% from the field and 48.4% from the 3-point line. He jumped from the 18.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4 assists per game. He showcased his abilities and once again Golden State Warriors proves how much they invest in the young prospects.

Tyrese Maxey

After Brunson, the next surprising player that erupted in the Playoffs is Tyrese Maxey of the Philadelphia 76ers. James Harden was expected to lead the 76ers as the second scoring option but it was in fact the second year player Tyrese Maxey who did the scoring.

He averaged 21.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game going 51.1% from the field and 40.5% from 3-point lead. He saw a jump from 17.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. His contribution to the team was the reason that the 76ers could beat the Raptors.

With Round 2 about to start, it will be interesting to see how these players are going to perform for the team. Of course it is not possible to perform the way they had performed in Round 1 but they are not going to go down without a fight.

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