Top 3 Playoff Performers In The 2022 NBA Playoffs
The 2022 NBA playoffs have been exciting, with some of the best teams and players going at it. It’s currently the second round as we have the Miami Heat taking on the Philadelphia 76ers, the Boston Celtics taking on the Milwaukee Bucks, the Phoenix Suns taking on the Dallas Mavericks, and the Memphis Grizzlies taking on the Golden State Warriors.
Because it’s the best time of the year for basketball fans and the best players in the world are truly stepping up, let’s take a look below at some of the top players from this year’s playoffs throughout the first two rounds. There has been some crazy sports news recently, but none better than the NBA playoffs.
Remember, it’s not easy to include everybody in a list like this, and there are certainly other guys who do deserve some credit as well.
#1 — Jimmy Butler – Heat
2022 NBA Playoff Stats: 28.3/7.6/5.6
Whatever the heck has gotten into Jimmy Butler throughout these 2022 NBA playoffs is something that he needs to keep doing. After a lot of tweets during the 2021 NBA Playoffs because he was ridiculed by fans due to him playing as well and being outscored by Bryn Forbes in their first-round sweep against the Milwaukee Bucks, Jimmy Butler has now turned it into a different gear.
Butler is currently averaging 28.3 points per game and is doing so while being one of the best defensive players in basketball. Not only is he averaging nearly 30 points per game, but he’s shooting over 53% from the field.
The Miami Heat haven’t gone up against a necessarily tough defense as the Atlanta Hawks and the Philadelphia Phillies are two of the worst defensive teams in the NBA Playoffs, but scoring nearly 30 points per night on a nearly 55% shooting from the field is insane, no matter who you’re going up against.
#2 — Giannis Antetokounmpo – Bucks
2022 NBA Playoff Stats: 31.1/13/6.6
Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks are the defending world champions for one major reason. The biggest reason for that is simply because of Giannis Antetokounmpo. When looking at the type of numbers that he’s been able to put up during the 2022 NBA Playoffs, it’s truly insane how anybody can say that this guy isn’t the best player in the world.
He’s currently averaging 31 points per game and is doing so while also grabbing 13 rebounds and dishing out nearly seven assists. When also looking at his efficiency, it is a bit down from previous years, but shooting nearly 44% while averaging 32 points per game is just simply mind-blowing.
He’s also been an incredible defensive player, just like he always has been. Giannis will be the reason why this Milwaukee Bucks team has the potential to win another NBA title.
#3 — Luka Doncic – Mavericks
2022 NBA Playoff Stats: 30.9/10/6.8
If there’s one guy who might have been better than these two guys above in the first two rounds of the NBA Playoffs, it’s definitely Luka Doncic. When looking at the type of work that he’s been able to put in as he’s currently averaging 30.9 points per game, 10 rebounds, and 8.7 assists, it’s easy to put him up there with these other two top guys.
Not only is he doing all this on the court, but he’s also doing this without a true second star. Having a second star in the NBA Playoffs is pivotal to winning an NBA title. We have seen this countless times and times, and there’s truly only been about a handful of NBA teams who win the finals that only have one guy on their team.
Luka and the Dallas Mavericks might get eliminated in this round against the Phoenix Suns, but that doesn’t take away from anything that he’s been able to do. He’s significantly been the best player on the court against this Phoenix Suns team and it just truly goes to show that once the Dallas Mavericks surround him with some better pieces, they’re going to be a team that has the potential to win multiple titles.